01 of March! - ”ZAGOVEZNI”
BUTURNITSA – Dart –small rocket!
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Today it is BabaMarta feast but also another one feast in Bulgaria – “Zagovezni!” (it is similar like “Carnival” in catholic countries) – so in this year we have double feasts in 1st of March in Bulgaria!
It is always seven weeks before Easter and one week after Meat Zagovezni, always on Sunday - a celebration which marks the beginning of the long fasting during the year. Official dinner table has emphasized ritual nature.
Traditionally prepared ritual dishes: Banitsa with cheese, bread, rice with milk, eggs, white khalva nuts, fish.
In the evening of celebration in the house of parents are going all the families of the children of this family for preparation of fasting for the next days. Joy and liveliness during dinner increase when it's a time for custom Hamkane.
Hamkane - at the end of hempen thread (sometimes it is Martenitsa) hanging on the ceiling or on a long pole is strong sense peeled boiled egg, cheese or a piece of charcoal khalva. Swinging the thread is in a circle and all around the table (mostly children) trying to catch up suspensions.
On Shrove (somewhere in all Sirna Sunday) people are getting forgiveness. The youngest kissing the hand of oldest, (children of parents of newly stand) expressing the formula of forgiveness: "Forgive me male (mom), Dad...".
"I forgive you, the Lord forgives you all” – it is a statutory response. Without Forgiveness you cannot touch the ritual dishes.
The most distinctive and important tradition of the holiday is the ignition fires (Sirnishki Fires). People are playing “Hora” around the fire and these “hora” are the last of the winter holiday cycle. During the Easter fast roundelay not play except Buenets.
In the area of Nova Zagora people are used to shoot in the area some small things like rockets or so called “BUTURNITSA – Dart” - you see one in this photo here!
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