For the nineteenth time, residents and guests of Veliko Tarnovo will celebrate Enyovden a.k.a. Midsummer’s Day. The Day of the summer solstice, medicinal herbs and ancient magical rituals will be celebrated with the holiday “Enyovden at the Samovodska Charshia” on June 24.
The beauty of Midsummer’s Day lies in the Bulgarian spirit, which has been preserved through many centuries of development and twists in history. According to the Bulgarian national calendar Enyovden is on of the most mystical days in which we pay homage to nature and its magical powers.
The day itself coincides with the summer solstice, so in many of the beliefs lies the cult of the sun. In the east, the Slavic peoples often set fire, which they then jumped over. Another legend says that on the eve of Midsummer’s Day, herbs gain greater, almost magical power.
The old Bulgarians believe that whoever saw the sun in the morning of the holiday would be healthy all year round. The power of the celestial light made the water healing, and magic was hidden in the morning dew. People also believe that on Midsummer’s Day you should not harvest. St. Enio will be angry and thunder will strike the one who, instead of respecting him, went to work.
Undisturbed by time or reality, traditions retain their mystical beauty and will probably live forever in the beautiful lands of our country.
Annual celebration of Enyovday in Veliko Tarnovo
The celebration program in Veliko Tarnovo starts at 10 am on June 24, when the Enyovday wreath will be ritually smoked with embers from medicinal herbs. 77 and a half fragrant herbs will be woven into it, as the custom dictates. Legend has it that whoever goes through the wreath will be healthy all year round. For those who want to follow the tradition and take home a stalk of the Enyovday wreath, there will be pre-prepared small bouquets of medicinal herbs, which will be distributed on the spot.
The events for the Day of the Summer Solstice are organized by the Municipal Tourist Agency “Tsarevgrad Tarnov” and promise to immerse those present in the magical rites and rituals of the holiday.