|Wine tourism in Bulgaria, this is the region of Melnik|
I am an expat living and working in Bulgaria, my passion is selling Real Estate in Bulgaria . I have lived here 8 years and have now settled, living in my Bulgarian house in Veliko Tarnovo. I like to understand and take part in Bulgaria’s history, culture and traditional celebrations when given a chance and on the 1st of February 2012, I was invited to a friend of mine, Lozanka’s name day celebration party which combines with Bulgaria Vine & Wine day. The celebration is widely known in Bulgaria as Trifon Zarezan, from the Bulgarian verb "zaryazvam" meaning to prune vines.
In Bulgaria, the day of St. Trifon was initially celebrated on February 14. Under the Communist regime, the Holiday was largely known as the "Day of the Vine-Grower". In 1968, when the Bulgarian Orthodox Church introduced the Gregorian calendar, the Church began honouring St. Trifon on February 1st , the patron of ‘Vine Growers, Wine Producers and Tavern Keeper’ while February 14th remained the 'Vine Growers' Day.
|The men set out to prune the vines in the vineyard|
St. Trifon, the patron Saint of Bulgaria marks the celebration of spring, wine and the ‘King.’ Bulgarians celebrate Trifon Zariazvam with folkloric rituals in vineyard villages throughout the country; this day is all about wine, food, friends and family from the village, Bulgarian houses.
|The celebration is widely known in Bulgaria as Trifon Zarezan|
Each vine-grower, leaves for the Bulgarian land to his vineyard with the bread and the chicken in a new, colourful woven bag and with a vessel (buklitsa) filled with red wine. Before the pruning begins, men turn to the sun and make the sign of the cross three times. After the first three twigs are cut, they wash them with the red wine, holy water and wood ashes that they had kept since Christmas Eve.
|It is the tradition to get drunk to ensure a good harvest the following year|
|Saint Trifon - God of Wine|