On April 4th 2015 Bulgaria and other Eastern Orthodox Christianity countries celebrated Lazarus Saturday known as the day before Palm Day.

According to the Christian tradition, Lazarus was a friend of Jesus who died and 4 days later was ressurected from the dead by Jesus. Lazarus Saturday is named after Lazarus from the Bible, however, today Lazarus Saturday in Bulgaria has a love-marriage focus.

WP_20150404_026 On that day in Bulgaria young unmarried girls dressed in traditional Bulgarian clothing sing folk songs from house to house wishing blessings for good health, fertility and family wellbeing. The host is expected to put money in a basket as thanks and a sign of generosity. There is a superstition that if a girl has not participated in this tradition she will not be able to find a husband. In the past, guys would propose on Lazarus Saturday to the girl they love.

On Palm Sunday, they day after Lazarus Saturday, people celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus in Jerusalem, as well as the bloom of flowers and trees.

WP_20150405_046People named after flowers celebrate this day as their name day.

WP_20150405_040There are performances organized in every town and village where people dress in traditional clothes to sing folk songs and perform traditional dances.

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The spirit of these celebrations is very cheerful because people eagerly prepare for Easter which is the most important celebration of the year.

What types of celebrations do you have in your country? Comment below 🙂 . . . and happy celebrations!

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