Traditional Celebration of Ecclesiastical and Popular Orthodox Feasts

the village of Breznik, Breznik municipality

the village of Breznik, Breznik municipality

The feast is a masquerade one. In the night before 14 January, the male population gets masked with huge litsi (faces, masks), decorated with feathers and furs and with heavy bells hanging on their belts; the people who do not wear masks blacken their faces with soots. The survakari (called locally surovishkarski) groups should obligatorily involve figures, such as a priest, a bride, and a bridegroom. The groups visit the houses in the village to bring there health and fertility. The hosts treat them with home-made pastries and brandy, give them money, meat, beans and other products.


The village of Breznik

The inquiry form has been filled in by Rumyana Gerova and Slavka Mileva, chief experts at Education and Culture Department, Regional Council.

Tekstual information represent authentic folkore descriptions, received as answers from Living Human Treasures - Bulgaria project inquery.
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 Survakari (New Year Mens Ritual Group)
2019 January
Sveta Varvara; St. Barbara4
Sveti Sava; St. Sava5
Nikulden; St. Nicholas' Day6
Zimna Sveta Anna; Winter St. Anna9
Sveti Spiridon; St. Spiridons Day12
Sveti Modest; St. Modest18
Ignagden, Polaznik; St. Ignatius' Day20
Sveta Anastasia; St. Anastasiya's Day22
Budni vecher, Malka Koleda; Christmas Eve24
Koleda; Christmas25
Stefanovden; St. Stephens Day27
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