Bulgarians Mark Midsummer Day

Society | June 24, 2005, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgarians Mark Midsummer Day As Bulgaria marks Enyovden, people in the town of Asenovgrad celebrated the Kalenitsi custom. All girls aged 5 to 15 were dressed in whites brides’ dresses and were taken to the churches by their mothers and grandmothers. Photo by BTA

Bulgarians mark Friday the Midsummer Day, or so-called Enyovden, related in traditional beliefs to herbs harvesting.

On June 24 the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, after which the distant beginning of the winter can be felt.

It is believed that on this day herbs have strongest medical power.

According to tradition, on Enyovden children and adults roll in dewy fields and have a bath in rivers and brooks in the woods.

The women twine flowers and herbs into a wreath and everybody passes through it three times as a ritual for health and fertility.

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