Current News

Current News

Today is TODOROVDEN

Today is TODOROVDEN

3/19/2005 7:01:14 AM

The first Saturday of the Easter Lent, the East Orthodox calendar celebrates Todorovden (St. Theodore?s Day) ? the feast is also popular by the names of ?Tudoritsa? or ?Horse Easter?. As the tradition requires, early in the morning on Todorovden, the young unmarried ladies and the newlywed ones used to knead and bake bread-rolls, then take them to the church and hand them to their neighbors and relatives for horses? health's sake. At noon horse racings were organized, and the riders were all boys or young men. A kerchief was tied around the neck of the winner-horse. After the racings, the girls used to expect the first rain to come and then they used to wash their hair using the rainwater gathered in the horseshoe footmarks - so that their hair would grow long and flexible as the horse mane is.

Horse races are organized onTodorovden ? a custom in which the whole village participates. The men clean their horses, adorn their reins with colorful beads, then put their new shirts on and take the horses out for the race. The winner in the race is awarded ? the horse receives new reins and its owner a new shirt or towel. Then the rider mounts his horse again and visits all houses in the village to greet the hosts for the holiday. He is received with joy and his horse is offered water.

Before sunrise the women make rite bread in the shape of a horse or a horseshoe and decorate them with walnuts, garlic and salt. Every housewife visits her neighbors and gives them from the bread she has baked and while she does so she hops runs and imitates the movements and whinnying of the horses. Her ambition is to be first. Pieces from the rite bread are mixed with the food of the horses. The most interesting element of the holiday is the so-called kushia or horse racing. On Todor?s Day are performed different rites connected with the young brides in their first year of marriage. In western Bulgaria, the just married young women go to church on Friday evening, wearing their wedding dresses. Their mothers-in-law who carry bowls full of boiled corn and ring-shaped cakes usually accompany them. The brides wait outside the church and the mothers-in-law enter inside, where the priest blesses the items they bring. On their way out they ?kick? the brides. The blessed corn is spread over the gardens for rich harvest.

Another interesting rite practice for health and fertility is implemented in some parts of Bulgaria ? in the morning of the holiday the young brides bake small loafs of bread. Festively dressed they visit the houses of their neighbors, friends and relatives, give them bread and bless their children for health. In the end the brides go to their parents? houses accompanied by their husbands and parents-in-law. A festive table is laid.

Very early on Todor?s Day the mothers bathe their children so that they are healthy. Before the horse race all women wash their hair with water mixed with straw from the horses? mangers. They throw the already used water in the street, behind the horses so that their hair is long and strong as the horse?s mane.
  
Name day of everyone named Todor, Todorka, Teodor/a, Theo, Dora.

Ritual table: rite bread, lentils, mushroom soup.   

Hundreds to Observe the Mars' Radiance
  The observation of the Great Alignment of Mars and the Earth with the 15-cm telescope in the planetarium in Smolyan town will start from today on. The doors of the biggest planetarium in this c...
The First Museum of Bagpipes Was Established
The establishment of the unique and only of the kind in Bulgaria Museum of the Bagpipes is one of the most attractive ideas in the pre-election campaign of Dancho Kiryakov, nominee for the post of ...
UNESCO 's Secretary General will pay an official visit to Bulgaria
Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, the Secretary General of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), will pay an official visit to Bulgaria from 26 to 28 August 2003 on the invi...
The Karayan Festival takes place in Plovdiv
The unique cultural event, based on the model of the famous Vienna Film Festival, started in the year 2001, inspired by Vladimir Vladigerov, the artistic director of the festival. The then-program ...
The Thracian Heritage
The Thracian Heritage
8/20/2003 12:00:00 AM
As we have learned from an article in the SEGA newspaper, dated Aug.25th 2001, the ancient Thracian tombs in Bulgaria are over 15,000. Unfortunately, only 1000 are explored by scientific expedition...
Let?s talk again about the Old Town
Let?s talk again about the Old Town
8/19/2003 12:00:00 AM
We will try to create a fusion of two different articles in the today?s issue of the Maritsa newspaper: the one from page 10, dedicated to Eng. Bozhidar Todorov and his project (which is, unfortuna...
Bulgarian alloy for dentures
Bulgarian alloy for dentures
8/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
/based on an article in the Maritsa Newspaper/A team of metallurgists of the KCM Joint-Stock Company, Plovdiv, has processed and clinically tested gold alloy for metal-ceramics used in the dentist...
?Scene at a Crossroads? Theatrical Festival in Plovdiv
The festival is organized as a mutual project with the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre ? Madrid, and has annual issues ever since 1997. Leading Bulgarian theatres play their curren...
Four athletes from Plovdiv ? at the World Athletic Championship
The World Athletic Championship in Paris will take place from August 23rd  ? 31st. Today?s publication in the Maritsa Newspaper says that our greatest athletes Theresa Marinova (step-and-jump), S...
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
8/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
Choosing ?Alliance Francais? for today?s news page is based on a Maritsa Newspaper article regarding the contest called ?Europe is and will always be multilingual?. The 11th grade student from the ...