I’ve been reading the blog “Girl Meets Bulgaria” and some of her latest post have been about the rich traditions and heritage that exists in Bulgaria. (Go read them & come back)

You back?  Good.

That idea started me thinking and when I commented on her post something came to me.  All over the world you see these festivals for a holiday or a time of the year.  They’re bright and cheerful and involve the community.  People dress up in traditional costumes, there is dancing and music.

I live in Canada.  We celebrate our past quietly.  We have Canada Day on 1 July every year celebrating the Confederation of 1867 (we didn’t have a war of independence, we had a couple of skirmishes, a bar brawl, and then went over to England and gave Queen Victoria a set of well thought out & reasoned arguments for Her to give us self-governing – she agreed and here we are.  Okay, not quiet that simple, but I’m not doing a history lesson, it’d take to long.)

Canada Day is a day for family BBQs and to maybe go out into a feild with a bunch of drunken revelers and ooh & ahh over fireworks for a few minutes.

The only other mass “festival” we have is Hallowe’en and I would challenge anyone to tell me the original meaning of Hallowe’en – and no, it’s not getting candy.

We are a society that lives for today, I very much doubt that anyone would know what to do if we, as a country, decided to celebrate May Day or if Mummers paraded through the streets.

So quietly we celebrate, behind closed doors the little parts of our past that we brought with us from centuries long ago and from distant shores.


About Jadedknitter

I'm an author, a knitwear designer, a painter, and trying to find my love of the kitchen again. I write romance novels (they're candy, for the brain!) and read mostly history. I love to knit in the evenings curled up with my pug and watching whatever documentary strikes my fancy. My designs are born from a desire to knit something that I can see in my minds eye but can't find a pattern for. My current crop of paintings have been Celtic knots, I've drawn them for years now I'm colouring them in. Who knows what I'll end up doing next!
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2 Responses to Rumination

  1. whitneybg says:

    Thanks for the link! I agree with you on some level. I am from Utah (a conservative U.S. state), and we tend to celebrate things in a more subdued way. Absolutely nothing like what I have seen here in Bulgaria. Granted we don’t have near the amount of history or cultural heritage (Mormons aren’t the rowdiest bunch around. It really is interesting to think about the differences between relatively young countries like Canada and America in comparison to those in Europe whose histories go back thousands of years.

    • jadedknitter says:

      The history and the sense of meaning that I’ve seen when you’re talking about Bulgaria and that I’ve seen other places has always fascinated me. We have traditions and history, but it’s just not the same – grandiose (wrong word, I just can’t think of the right one) – traditions and a lot of that is from the fact that we’re (both Canada & the US) relatively young countries. Also there is the fact that that, like you pointed out with the Mormons, a lot of the European settlers were of conservative decent, or at least the ones in my personal past were.

      Ah for want of a celebration like the Kukeri festival!

      Gives me a real itch to travel again!

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