"Stefanovden (St Steven) 27 December" hollidays Tip by Scarlie

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  St Stefan
by Scarlie

This is the third and last day of the Xmas Festivities. It is the last fest in the traditional Christian calendar and is believed to complete the Old Year.

St Steven was the first Christian martyr and archbichop of Jerusalem. He was wrongly accused and stoned to death.

Notwithstanding religious beliefs, Stefanovden is celebrated as the name day of Stefan, Stefana, Stefka, Stamen, Stoimen, Stanimir, Stanimira, Stoil, Stoilka, Stoyo, Stojka, Stanka, Stanko, Stojan, Stojanka, Tanyo, Tanya, Zapryan, Tsanka, Tsonko, Ventsislav, Ventislava.

One of the traditional rituals in Northern, Central, Southeast and parts of Western Bulgaria is the "Laduvane" or "foretelling of marriage", performed by young girls. The night before, the girls leave their rings or flower bouquets in a freshly drawn well water. The morning on Stefanovden, a young girl dressed as a bride takes one by one the rings/bouquets and spells the time of marriage or the characteristics of the groom. "Ripe quince and overripe" (the girls will marry late), "Lonely stem on a stone" (the groom will be an orphan), "Yellow veil gathers splinters" (the girl will elope). The girl will marry whoever she's dreaming of that night.

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2004
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