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winter traditions: december: St.Stefan's Day - December 27

     This is the third day of Christnas and the last of the year for which people say that "encloses the circle". Families gahter on the table with meat meals on it, sing songs and have fun. In some parts of Bulgaria the young families visit their first witnesses, godfathers and parents. In other places the holidays of the mice start at that day and continue until Krustovden. The restrictions that are specific for the holiday Mrasnite dni (the Dirty days) are strongly observed.

     Church Holiday: The memory of St. Stefan is honored. St. Stefan is the first Christian martyr and the first archdeacon in the Jerusalim church.

     Ritual Table: pork and sauerkraut stew, intestines or meat pastry.