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BADNI VECHER (CHRISTMAS EVE)

BADNI VECHER (CHRISTMAS EVE)

12/24/2004 4:50:34 AM

Name day for everyone named Evgeni, Evgenia, Bisser, Bissera, Bistra, Bozhin, Bozhana.

According to Bulgarian tradition, the Christmas celebrations start on December 24th, called ?Badni Vecher? (meaning Christmas Eve, or Small Christmas). Carol singers, or as they are called in Bulgarian ?koledari?, start visiting around. Only young boys are allowed to participate in the caroling. With cornel-tree sticks called ?koledarki? and bags in their hands they knock around on people?s doors, singing ?God was born?. The hostess welcomes them and gives them special ring-shaped buns, walnuts, piece of bacon or sausage.

The adult ?koledari? (carol singers) start going around after dinner. They gather in groups of around ten people, one of which is the leader ? he should be experienced and accustomed to Christmas blessings and all the carol songs, which at places could be as many as 80 altogether! The carol singers go around during night ? so that ?the Sun should never reach them when  on the roads?? They sing ?The House Song? ? a song meant to praise the well-being of the house and all the children in there, as well as to bring health to everyone. The hosts give the carol singers some money, a Christmas bun, some bacon and white cheese, and other goodies as well...

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