Rituals

An old bulgarian tradition - the Martenitsa. Each  March Bulgarians exchange these small decorations which symbolize the wish for good health, luck and happiness. Usually, they exchange them at 1st of March.

An old bulgarian tradition - the Martenitsa. Each March Bulgarians exchange these small decorations which symbolize the wish for good health, luck and happiness. Usually, they exchange them at 1st of March.

Nestinarstvo is a ritual when young men and women are walking on fire, dance and sing. They bring a Christian icon with them, so they cannot feel the pain of the fire. It is a common ritual for men who are doing Nestinarstvo to take a young girl at their hands and dance with her in his arms.

Nestinarstvo is a ritual when young men and women are walking on fire, dance and sing. They bring a Christian icon with them, so they cannot feel the pain of the fire. It is a common ritual for men who are doing Nestinarstvo to take a young girl at their hands and dance with her in his arms.

April 1th, or april fools, is a ritual that the Dutch people celebrate. It is a day where everyone can fool each other.

April 1th, or april fools, is a ritual that the Dutch people celebrate. It is a day where everyone can fool each other.

Every year on Oktober 3th the people from Leiden will get herring on white bread to celebrate the Spanish siege.

Every year on Oktober 3th the people from Leiden will get herring on white bread to celebrate the Spanish siege.

The Dutch people are well known of their ice skating skills, they are the best all over the world. When there is ice in the Netherlands, it is a ritual to skate on it, usually with friends and family.

The Dutch people are well known of their ice skating skills, they are the best all over the world. When there is ice in the Netherlands, it is a ritual to skate on it, usually with friends and family.

Cvetnica is a Bulgarian holiday which takes place one week before Easter. This holiday is for all the flowers in the world. On this day, every person who has a name like a flower is supposed to have a name day. With this holiday we are waiting for the spring.

Cvetnica is a Bulgarian holiday which takes place one week before Easter. This holiday is for all the flowers in the world. On this day, every person who has a name like a flower is supposed to have a name day. With this holiday we are waiting for the spring.

Traditionally, the ‘kukeri’ custom in Bulgaria was performed between Christmas (Koleda) and Epiphany (Bogoyavlenie) in the Western regions, and during Shrovetide (Sirni zagovezni) in the Eastern parts of the country. They dance and sing in order to chase evil spirits.

Traditionally, the ‘kukeri’ custom in Bulgaria was performed between Christmas (Koleda) and Epiphany (Bogoyavlenie) in the Western regions, and during Shrovetide (Sirni zagovezni) in the Eastern parts of the country. They dance and sing in order to chase evil spirits.

Sirni Zagovezni is the holiday of forgiveness. All of the people want forgiveness of their family and friends. The ritual is to set a fire and when the bravest young man jump over it, he gets the most beautiful girl for a wife.

Sirni Zagovezni is the holiday of forgiveness. All of the people want forgiveness of their family and friends. The ritual is to set a fire and when the bravest young man jump over it, he gets the most beautiful girl for a wife.

This ritual consist out of cheese markets, which are being located in Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda, and Woerden. There are all kind of stands which are selling cheese and wooden shoes (klompen). The main event is the cheese carrying which you see on the picture.

This ritual consist out of cheese markets, which are being located in Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda, and Woerden. There are all kind of stands which are selling cheese and wooden shoes (klompen). The main event is the cheese carrying which you see on the picture.

Mother's day and Father's day is a feast that is celebrated in the Netherlands. Mother's day is May the 8th, and father's day is June the 19th. The purpose of this feast is to give, as children, a whole day dedicated to you parents, out of respect.

Mother's day and Father's day is a feast that is celebrated in the Netherlands. Mother's day is May the 8th, and father's day is June the 19th. The purpose of this feast is to give, as children, a whole day dedicated to you parents, out of respect.

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