February 14, 2016
St. Valentine’s Day or St. Trifon’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day or St. Trifon’s Day

Along with St. Valentine’s Day in Bulgaria we do celebrate Trifon Zarezan – St. Trifon’s Day As we all know St. Valentine’s Day is the day of Love. What about Trifon Zarezan? It is the national festival of vine-growing and wine-producing. According to the old calendar, Trifonovden used to be on the 14th of February. After 1968 when Bulgaria adopted the Gregorian calendar St. Trifon’s Day moved to the 1st of February. Nowadays, everyone chooses on which date to celebrate it, but some Bulgarians have decided to honor the name of St. Trifon both on the 1st and the 14th of February! Isn’t that a good decision? Who is St. Trifon? Saint Trifon lived in the 3rd-century in the Roman Empire and was famous as a skillful healer. He was also a Christian. During those times Christians were prosecuted, and because St. Trifon didn’t want to betray his beliefs he was tortured and killed. The festival of the wine dates back to ancient times. The Thracians were the first to […]
February 14, 2015
Valentine's day

St. Valentine’s Day all over the world

The Bulgarian equivalent to St. Valentine’s Day in Bulgaria The romantic tradition of St. Valentine’s Day was set centuries ago. The ancient Romans celebrated ‘The Day of Love’ on 14th February, praying to the Goddess of marriage and motherhood Junona. Unmarried girls wrote letters and put it in a deep box and the man who brought it out became her husband. Nowadays, the holiday is celebrated all over the world. In Japan and South Korea St. Valentine’s Day dates back to the 1930s. In Japan, only men receive gifts on that day and the holiday for women is on 14th March, named ‘The White Day’. In contrast to Japan, in Korea men celebrate the ‘The Black Day’ on which they gather together and drink alcohol. Denmark has a different tradition – on 14th February the men give a present of dry white flowers to their loved ones. Germans associate the day with insanity and consider St. Valentine the protector of mad people – which is why they decorate hospitals for […]