Bulgaria

St. Ignatius Day (Ignazhden)

According to the popular belief, a new sun is born in December, days grow gradually and the new farming year begins. 20 December is the date on which one of the most important winter holidays is celebrated: Ignazhden.

In the past this day was regarded as marking the start of the new year. People tried to guess what the future held for them by the type of the first person who visited their house on Ignazhden.

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