The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates St. Trifon’s Day on February 1. St. Trifon is a martyr, saint and healer, who lived in the province of Phrygia, Asia Minor in the III century, considered to be one of the homelands the vine and the wine. St. Trifon is the patron of winegrowers, tavern-keepers and gardeners and in is associated with the beginning of the agricultural practices and the pruning of grapevines in the hope that they will produce more wine. On St. Trifon’s Day the housewives got up early, kneaded fresh bread and prepared roasted chicken stuffed with rice. Traditionally, they also prepared tutmanik (cheese bread), grilled sudzhuk and fried eggs, poured wine into а wine vessel and put everything in a new colorful bag. With the full bag men set off to the vineyards to prune the vines. The winegrowers cut several twigs from their vines and poured some wine on the cut places. After that, they made garlands with the twigs and put them on their hats.
Saturday 01 February 2020