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St. Theodore’s Day

St. Theodore’s Day is one of the first spring holidays in the folk calendar and is celebrated on the first Saturday after the first Sunday before Lent. Also known as Horses’ Easter, because it is celebrated mostly to the health of the horses. The rituals on this day are divided between the men and the women. A central role have the young brides, who start being called wives and get the right to make bread in their husband’s house. The ritual bread they make has the shape of a horse or a horseshoe and is covered with honey and boiled maize seeds stuck on top. The bread is checked by the mother-in-law and is shared with relatives. This ritual is important for warming the relationship between daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law and for the acceptance of the young bride in the family. The kushii (horse races) take a central place on St. Theodore’s Day. While the women are performing their rituals, the men are preparing for the horse races. The men get up at dawn, comb their best horses and adorn them with colorful threads, beads and tassels. After the horse races follows the awarding of the winner – the fastest one – a bag of good oats, a garland woven by the maidens and last but not least – the general respect and recognition. The horsemen and the winner make a honorary tour around the village, accompanied with the hosts’ blessing. After that the winner throws a party at his house. Everything in due order, the celebration ends with a horo in the center of which are the racers. The feast table includes a round bread, lentil soup, mushroom soup, potatoes, boiled maize. A name day celebrate Todor, (God’s gift), Todor, Teodora, Teodor, Tosho, Bozhidar, Bozhidara, Bozhanka, Darinka, Bozho, Dore, darcho, Dora, Dorka, Darka.

 

 

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