It is a #traditional #Bulgarian holiday, part of the #festive cycle around #Christmas and New Year.
Essential for that day is the bathing #ritual for good health that is performed on #Yordanovden/#Epiphany day and continues on #Ivanovden. It is believed that the water on this day has purifying and sacred power.
That day is connected with marital rituals, as well. The newly-wed men are bathed by the best man at their wedding, or the bride’s brother. Therefore, bathing can be seen as an element of the post-nuptial rituals, thus ending the wide range of various marital rituals during the year.
Traditionally, on the 7th of January people, who has a name-day organize great celebrations with rich tables and a lot of guests. The ritual table on that day includes the following dishes: boiled wheat, cooked beans, stewed dried fruit, #banitsa, #kurvavitsa (baked blood sausage), baked loukanka sausage, and other local or traditional Bulgarian meals.