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Trifon Zarezan

Trifon Zarezan in Bulgaria is known as the day for celebrating Saint Trifon - the patron for wine on 14 February, when most other countries celebrate the date as St. Valentines day!

This date has changed during the last fifteen years, as the celebration used to be on the 1st February on the old calendar, but is now celebrated on February 14th which is the new date on the new calendar.

 

But don't think that February 1st is now longer celebrated, because Bulgarians love to celebrate and are happy to celebrate Trifon Zarezan on both February 1st and then again on February 14th. February 14th is now more popular because it is both Bulgarian Trifon Zarezan day and St. Valentines day, giving people the chance to celebrate love, wine or both.

Trifon day marks the beginning of the change from the end of winter to the beginning of spring. On Trifon Zarezan, it is traditional for wine-makers to prune their grape vines and celebrate the rest of the day by drinking their homemade wine with their friends and family. Of course, for anyone living in a Bulgarian city, are less likely to celebrate in this way, unless they visit their village and celebrate with their family and friends in the village.

In cities, it is becoming more popular for people to celebrate St. Valentines day and around this time of the year shops are full of Valentines Day gifts and cards. Where as in the villages and rural areas, few celebrate Trifon Zarezan as a day for love, and prefer to celebrate wine instead!

It is the younger generation in Bulgaria that choose to celebrate St. Valentines day, as it has only been part of the Bulgarian celebration from just after the fall of communism in 1989.