Cornel-tree is worshiped by the
Bulgarians. It is a symbol of health
and longevity. It is the first tree to
have blossoms ...
Cornel leaves are green but in
autumn they become red and shiny in
the autumn sun.
The fruit of the cornel-tree are
called cornel-cherries and they
ripen in August – October. They
are astringent but with n...
The green twig with buds is full of
the sap of life even in the harsh
winter. Being strong and flexible the
cornel-tree is...
Decorations – red wool, beans, popcorns,
greenery, ring-shaped buns, dried fruit,
wheat-ears, ribbons, apples, peppers, wo...
The tradition of the
decorating of the cornel-tree
has been transferred from
older to younger generations.
It is an old Bu...
We wish you a merry
New Year
With golden wheat in
the field
Red apples in the
garden
And a house full of
silk.
Health and ...
New Year’s tradition
Sourvaknitsas - decorations
The elements of the sourvaknitsa
The necessary materials
Work stages
Procedure
On NewYear’s Eve a traditional cheese
pastry is made. Some lucky charms tied
to cornel buds are put inside. There is
alway...
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  1. 1. Cornel-tree is worshiped by the Bulgarians. It is a symbol of health and longevity. It is the first tree to have blossoms in spring and the last to have fruit in autumn. It proclaims the coming of spring. The cornel wood is flexible and hard and therefore it is an excellent material for the production of agricultural equipment. Cornel-tree grows in the forests and in the gardens as well.
  2. 2. Cornel leaves are green but in autumn they become red and shiny in the autumn sun.
  3. 3. The fruit of the cornel-tree are called cornel-cherries and they ripen in August – October. They are astringent but with nice flavour and very healthy.
  4. 4. The green twig with buds is full of the sap of life even in the harsh winter. Being strong and flexible the cornel-tree is considered to be long- lived. This is why it is an old belief that if you tap someone’s back with a cornel twig, you can transfer symbolically strength and long life to that person. The cornel twig is called sourvaknitsa. In older times the twigs were not decorated.
  5. 5. Decorations – red wool, beans, popcorns, greenery, ring-shaped buns, dried fruit, wheat-ears, ribbons, apples, peppers, woolen tassels. Later there have been new elements added to the decorations each having a message. People put coins in order to wish wealth. The strings of popcorn and other seeds mean abundance. The white and red wool and the tassels remind that health is the most important.
  6. 6. The tradition of the decorating of the cornel-tree has been transferred from older to younger generations. It is an old Bulgarian tradition for boys and young men to go from house to house carrying decorated cornel twigs, singing traditional songs and blessing the families on New Year’s day.
  7. 7. We wish you a merry New Year With golden wheat in the field Red apples in the garden And a house full of silk. Health and happiness for many years ahead! New Year’s blessing:
  8. 8. New Year’s tradition
  9. 9. Sourvaknitsas - decorations
  10. 10. The elements of the sourvaknitsa
  11. 11. The necessary materials
  12. 12. Work stages
  13. 13. Procedure
  14. 14. On NewYear’s Eve a traditional cheese pastry is made. Some lucky charms tied to cornel buds are put inside. There is always a coin inside, too, promising wealth.

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