Trifon Zarezan | Bulgaria | February 14th
The 14th of February is known worldwide as St. Valentine’s Day. In Bulgaria, the day has an additional significance. February 14 is St. Trifon’s Day (also known as St. Trifon Zarezan). St. Trifon Zarezan is the patron of winegrowers and winemakers. The day is dedicated to celebrating wine, vines, vine growers, winemakers and the upcoming harvest. What started out as a tradition inspired by the legend of Trifon Zarezan has grown into a popular annual tradition for the wine industry, wine lovers and wine connoisseurs. Across the country, unique traditions and rituals are performed on St. Trifon’s Day in villages, wineries, vineyards and other wine-related venues. In the vineyards and wineries, the event features colourful re-enactments of millennia old traditions and rituals such as blessing the grapes, pouring wine over the vines, cutting the vines and crowning the king or queen of wine. You will have to choose where to celebrate St. Trifon’s Day as you will be spoilt from choice. Anticipate folklore dancing, music, food and lots of wine! Bulgaria’s National Wine Day is one of the largest, most traditional and entertaining festivals in the country. An absolute must for visitors in February!
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