Lazaruvane is an old Bulgarian custom, which is performed to welcome spring. It is celebrated on the day of St. Lazarus – the Saturday eight days before Easter. It is only performed by girls and it symbolize the growth of the girl. Once a girl has performed this ritual, it is considered that she’s ready for marriage. On the day of St. Lazarus a group of girls crosses the whole village and sings folklore songs while visiting all the houses in the village.
The ritual is related to various rituals. It is only performed by girls, and in some areas of the country, there is a requirement for them to be over 16 years old. On the day of the feast the girls cross the village in groups and
sing their songs, dressed in beautiful national costumes or bride outfits, borrowed from a recently married bride. The girls adorn themselves with various ornaments - mostly jewelry, coins, flowers and feathers.
Are you visiting Bulgaria any time soon and you like festivals? We have structured the festivals happening in Bulgaria in several categories and we hope you find them useful for your trip to Bulgaria.