"Sirni Zagovezni" Bulgaria Local Custom Tip by mirchica
Bulgaria Local Customs: 107 reviews and 143 photos
Sirni Zagovezni - Shrove Sunday - was one of the best loved festivals coming at the close of winter. It always fell on the Sunday just seven weeks before Easter, marking the beginning of the Great Lent, the longest period of fasting throughout the year. In its way, the festival also served to mark the beginning of spring.
In olden days, most typical of Sirni Zagovezni was the building of large bonfires
in the hills surrounding towns and villages; either one communal bonfire,
or each of the individual neighborhoods made their own. The fires would be
built in higher areas, for it was believed that no hailstorm would strike
the places lit up by them.
Young and old would gather round the bonfire where they apologized to
each other, to forgive and forget the small wrongs and old quarrels in
the name of friendliness and understanding. Usually the younger ask
the older for forgiveness and are also asked to forgive on the part of their
parents, relatives, friends or just the people they live or work with.
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