Todorovden

January 7, 2016
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Vasil Popov
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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.

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10 comments from 10 voubsters
Marina Krstic  

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January 27, 2016 12:37:44 AM UTC
Katie Spirkovska  

Voted 10/10
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January 21, 2016 09:17:59 PM UTC
DanielleDavidson  

This is a great photo! I love the serious feel that it has to it. It makes it even better.

January 21, 2016 04:05:29 AM UTC
Иван Николаев  

Wonderful!

January 16, 2016 01:48:15 PM UTC
Svetozar Dobrichkov  

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January 11, 2016 09:54:12 AM UTC
Miglena Koceva  

well done! Good luck

January 10, 2016 10:44:26 PM UTC
Катерина Спировска  

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Thanks and good luck!!!

January 9, 2016 04:14:05 PM UTC