Valentine’s Day seems to rule the world and more and more people are celebrating this day. However, the small Balkan nation of Bulgaria, has for centuries celebrated another holiday on February 14 – the one of Trifon Zarezan, which is dedicated to the love of wine. Today, a peculiar mixture of the two celebrations takes place on that day and we cannot really choose between these two celebratons. Wine and love are a perfect combination, though, aren’t they..?
The legend of Saint Trifon
A funny legend about Saint Trifon may actually be the missing connection between Trifon Zarezan and Valentine’s Day. Once, Saint Trifon went to his vineyard to cut the unnecessary branches from the vines. He was focused on his work when a beautiful woman passed by. He was so enchanted by her beauty, that he accidentally cut his nose with the clippers!
Trifon Zarezan or Valentine’s Day?
Every year, from the beginning of February, there is a public dispute between the two celebrations in Bulgaria. Arguments are in favor of making Bulgarians stick to their roots and traditional holidays, on one hand, or justifying the freedom of people to celebrate whichever occasion they want, on the other hand. Recently, February 14 has been turned into a combined holiday when Bulgarians celebrate their love for their better half, or their love for wine. The best scenario however, is celebrate your love with lots of wine! Cheers!