A very fine Bulgarian holiday mash-up / blend…
On the day of St. Trifon Zarezan, the guardian of vine-growers, we celebrate our love for wine! According to the old custom, this is the day when you prune the old twigs of the vine, so that it can sprout anew in the spring. This is an old ritual for vitality and fertility. Vine-growers, gardeners, winemakers, tavern-keepers, bartenders, and men called Trifon have a special day. Together with them, we all feast and drink wine.
Originally posted on Zikata's Blog:
You are either very happy or very miserable on Valentine’s Day; there seems to be no middle position. For most people.
Bulgarians have found a simple solution to this problem of the extreme emotions. We celebrate two holidays on February 14th, St. Valentine’s and St. Trifon Zarezan!
It’s human nature to pay attention to coincidences. We delight in things lining up “just so,” and we ascribe a deeper hidden meaning to when people and events seem to conspire to behave in perfect concert.
Lately though, I’ve been noticing lots of near-coincidences — almost-but-not-quite-perfect moments of alignment that are ignored… opportunities not seized… potential left untapped… bold moves not taken.
A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early.
He arrives precisely when he means to.
- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
..or to paraphrase M.I.A., it take a muscle for things to fall into place.