In the past, before the communists come to power, Blagoveshtenie was the temple feast of the Church “St. Sophia” in the Bulgarian Capital.
According to #Bulgarian #folklore when Blagoveshtenie comes, the winter goes away. When the church bells ring in the morning, the swallow have to come and bring the good news that the winter is over. If the swallow is late, then cold days are coming.
Early in the morning young ladies go through the village and sing traditional songs. It is believed that one should get up early and have breakfast, in order to be health and full for the whole year. Everyone must have money in their pocket – if a cuckoo cuckoos you, you better have money. On this day the cuckoo cuckoos for first time in the year. If you see a stork on that day, you will be happy through the year. But the stork has to be in flight, not walking or standing on the ground – if so, it is a bad omen. Other belief is that on Blagoveshtenie every wound heals easy and fast. That’s why on that day little girls’ ears should be pierced.
Traditionally on the table are served fish with rice (ribnik), colorful bread (sharena pitka), honey, luchnik (doughy dish with onion), docks, sorrels, nettle - when Blagoveshtenie comes, we catch at the green . At that time of the year grow the first edible plants. Although the day is during the Easter fasting, it is allowed to have fish, because this is really significant Christian holiday.