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Survak ritual
Brodilovski sourvaknitsi (decorated cornel twigs used by children to tap people’s backs when wishing them a Happy New year)
Brodilovski sourvaknitsi (decorated cornel twigs used by children to tap people’s backs when wishing them a Happy New year)

Survak is the most typical New Year’s custom. Only little boys (14-15 years old) are going from house to house wishing people a Happy New Year. They always start from their parents and relatives.

The children are carrying decorated with thread, walnuts, cornel, popcorn strings and dried fruits twigs.

The keepers of the houses present them with coins, ring shape buns and different gifts. The tradition is still alive in Malko Tarnovo town and municipality villages.

The sourvakars are going from house to house, entering every single house with good wishes for health during the coming year.

Last updated: 26.04.2006