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Christmas Eve celebrations

Christmas Eve celebrations

12/24/2003 12:00:00 AM

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?

Odd number of meatless/vegetable dishes (five, seven or nine) should be present on the table of each Bulgarian home on the Christmas Eve, when according to the legend the Holy Mother started giving birth to Jesus. The head of the family, usually the oldest one, cuts the homemade bread and hands a piece to each around the table - the first piece should always go to the house itself, the second - to the domestic animals as a whole, and then - a piece to everyone according to their age, in descending order. Whoever finds the coin in hisd/her piece will be responsible for making the living of the whole family throughout the new year.

People used to place a thick log, called ?badnik?, in their fire on the Christmas Eve ? it was supposed to keep the fire going for the whole night. The Christmas celebrations continue until St. Stephen?s Day, December 27th. All through these three days, according to Bulgarian national traditions, it is considered a serious sin if one works ? it is time to celebrate the birth of God.

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