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Today is IGNAZHDEN

Today is IGNAZHDEN

12/20/2006 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Ignat (from the Latin, the name means “fire”), Ognyan, Ognyana.

This feastday marks the beginning of the folk New Year. On the evening before, the mistress of the house prepares the table for Ignazhden “ meatless dishes and a big bun, divided into pieces in the morning by the “crawler” (i.e. the first guest to the house). Then she takes with a spoon some of the boiled wheat and corn (chinichka), tastes some of it, and the rest she throws over the fire for the chicken to fly freely and the wheat to grow high. While throwing she says: “As much coal in the oven so much prosperity during the year!” - “Amen!”, the others say.

And they know that as the feastday table is rich the hosts will be twice as rich. Then the woman of the house makes a circle of a man”s sash in the yard and within it she feeds the chicken, so that they don”t go to other people”s yards. She keeps the hens to lay eggs in their own nest, because in the mythology of the old Bulgarians, the egg is a symbol of the world and the new, blessed world of the home must remain in the house.

That day people are careful not to take anything out of the house. Everybody must bring things in, so that the year will be “full”. It is very well if everybody has a coin in their pockets...

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