called Vrubnitsa (Willow Day) is celebrated on the
Sunday before Easter and
is an important
ritual for the young
girls, called "kumichene". The
have taken part in the Lazaruvane
the day before go
together to the river
Each girl has prepared a
wreath made of willow
or spring flowers and
floats it to the surface of the water.
They watch as the
wreaths flow down the river to see which one will be first in
the row. The girl whose wreath
farthest becomes kumitsa
– the leader of the group,
who is believed to have the
magic power to chase away the
dragon /who is always
looking for a young girl to carry away with him/.
In the evening
/the circle dance/ is played
for the last time.
Tzvetnitza is an
important festivity for Bulgarians.
On this day everybody goes to
church, from where they take
home sanctified willow branches,
which are believed to help against “evil eye”
and different diseases.
All men, women and children with the name
of a flower or tree celebrate their
On Name days, everyone is welcome
to be a guest in the home of the celebrating persons, no
invitation or previous notification
needed. The guests can share the treats prepared by the family
and usually brings flowers, or other presents to the person
with the flower name.
"Child's Friend" we had a wonderful Garden Party.
Even the youngest children were very happy to take part in
the Name Day celebrations.
Margarita, Violeta, Lilly, Laura,
Veneta and Tzvetana have their Name day on Tzvetnitsa.