Tryphon Zarezan

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St. Tryphon Zarezan (Tryphon the Trimmer) (born c. 225 in Phrygia) was a Christian healer and is now the Eastern Orthodox patron saint of wine.[1]

Festival[edit]

Tryphon's feast day is officially 1 February, but it is celebrated by Bulgaria vine growers on 14 February per the Julian calendar.[1] The celebrations are a fertility rite intended to encourage the growth of the vines, and it is also thought that human infertility can be cured on this day.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Plovdiv Region Welcomes Diplomats in Celebration of Day of Saint Tryphon". Guide-Bulgaria. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  2. ^ Nicoloff, Assen (1975). Bulgarian Folklore, Folk Beliefs, Customs, Folksongs, Personal Names. A. Nicoloff. pp. p. 22. Retrieved 2008-05-14.