Lazarus (Lazaritsa) and Palm (Palm Sunday) - Traditions

Lazarus (Lazaritsa) and Palm (Palm Sunday) - Traditions 

In the calendar of the Christian Church Lazarus is associated with the resurrection of Lazarus, who lived in the town of Bethany, near Jerusalem. According to the gospel, when the Savior was in the land beyond the Jordan, Lazarus fell ill and died. When the Messiah returns, resurrects buried the fourth day of his funeral as a sign of gratitude for its hospitality. According to medieval manuscripts Lazarus lived another 30 years in a strict fast and abstinence and was named the first bishop of Kition city on the island of Cyprus. On Lazarus church celebrated with a festive liturgy resurrection of Lazarus, and the memory of the martyr St. Lazar Bulgarian, tortured and killed on April 23, 1802.According to Bulgarian folk tradition Lazarus or "Lazaritsa" is the day that marked the transformation of adolescent girls in girls for marriage. On this day, groups of six or seven girls aged 10 to 16 years old, dressed in festive clothes or costumes bride wears a wreath and bunches visit the houses in the village and sing ritual songs for each family member, praising children old, young, girls, bachelors, brides and shepherds, herdsmen, grooms and others. The hosts give them eggs and money. It is believed that the house in which they entered and sung lazarki will be happy throughout the year. Girls get patrolled the forests, rivers and meadows. Typically early morning start the girls decked out in colorful outfits and crowns on their heads to bless the work of industrious farmers sing for the fields to the houses, domestic animals, the girls - the beauty of young men - for bravery and cunning. Against their songs, games and blessings, every lady of the house gave them eggs - a symbol of life. End of the day, the girls dropped gum on the river - a gift to the Slavic Goddess Lada, which is protector of family and love.

  Palm Sunday is the last great feast before Easter. He is always on Sunday. Tradition connects it with the solemn face of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem with palm branches vazslavyan as Messianic king. He entered the city on a donkey and was greeted by people with "Hosanna" for having raised Lazarus previous day - Saturday. Solemnly met in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he voluntarily goes step by step to specific destinations end of his earthly life. On this day of service in Christian churches hold in their hands lighted willow branches, replacing palm branches - though again meet his Savior. Priests lit branches and flowers, brought by believers. After worship Christians refer lighted willow branches in their homes for health and disease prevention and evil. Usually they are wrapped wreaths that hung above the house or home over the altar. On this day continue Lazarovi rituals and customs. On this holiday with the girls kumichene cycle ends maiden spring games. evening in the square and girls bachelors last play lazarski dance for the first time since Easter fast dance is concluded. People call Palm or Palm Sunday celebration, color Sunday, Vaya, Kuklenden. Palm Sunday is the feast of flowers and flowering. Celebrate Easter all bearing the names of flowers , plants, shrubs and trees.

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