Saturday 27 April 2013 is Lazarovden, a day dedicated to youth and fertility, one of the most Bulgarian of festivals and always celebrated on the Saturday before Easter.
As Plovdiv Guide explains, “Lazarovden is an event in the life of every young girl, because then she can demonstrate to her village community the fact of her becoming a grown-up maiden.
“The girls gather in groups of about ten at the house of the prettiest one and then start their going around the village singing and dancing their special ‘Lazar Day’ tunes.
“The songs praise the beauty of the maiden and her beloved one, the industry of the farmer, the purity of maternal love, and they are associated with wishes for happiness and prosperity.”
More Lazarovden information here.