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In Vino Veritas or St Valentine VS Trifon Zarezan

Written on:February 16, 2012
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A friend of mine once said that February 13th is the day of depression because of all those people without couples who anticipate the following day which they will spend feeling lonelier than ever. Another friend made a correction. According to him, the real day of depression is February 15th because all those without couples feel even more depressed after having had no one to share their love with and those who are in a couple feel disappointed since their expectations for the day were too high. The logical question pops up. Why we have forgotten the old Bulgarian traditions which make everyone happy?

Many foreigners do not know what it is all about. They do not know what hides behind the mysterious name Trifon Zarezan. If that name does not ring a bell, you should immediately put all your work aside and ask some Bulgarians about it. What they will most probably tell you is that Trifon Zarezan is all about wine and drinking. You will find out that it has nothing to do with millions of pink furry hearts, with the obligation to say “I love you” and with the miserable feeling of loneliness. Trifon Zarezan is a Bulgarian holiday during which February 14th is associated with happiness, laughter and partying and February 15th (sometimes) with headache, guilt and memory loss. Why be forced to celebrate love when we can celebrate life as it is with a glass/bottle of wine? No couples are necessary, everyone are invited to the Bulgarian day of wine. Cheers!