Nikopol Christmas Concert - billyknox
Let me share with you a little bit of Bulgarian tradition that I think is both wonderful and incredibly dense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uBDoF31AF0&eurl

This is a tradition that is held on the 6th of January every year. People here celebrate "Name Days" which are days dedicated to certain saints within the Church. January 6th happens to be Jordan or Йордан day. From what I can gather a bunch of men gather around in next to no clothing when it is negative 1000 degrees outside and a priest throws a cross into the water. The waiting hoard of men strike out on a rampage through the freezing (yes freezing, the edges of the river are literally ice) water in order to be the luck man to find the cross. 

Here is the funny thing... 

These men get undressed in absolutely freezing weather and jump in the water and chase after the cross hoping that they might get to it first in order to secure for themselves HEALTH, of all things, for the coming year. I am not the brightest person but where I come from people do things like this in order to obtain for themselves a heartwarming case of hypothermia... 

I did go to A&M and we do some absolutely crazy things there in the name of "tradition" and "culture" so I guess I am not that surprised by this. To tell you the truth I am rather upset because for some reason my town did not have this momentous celebration of manliness this year for the first time in, well, forever... Why? I want to prove my manliness and sense of self worth by jumping in the freezing water with a bunch of men from Eastern Europe and beat my chest and make man noises. I guess instead I will be forced to take up something slightly less fierce, knitting maybe...

Let me share with you a little bit of Bulgarian tradition that I think is both wonderful and incredibly dense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uBDoF31AF0&eurl

This is a tradition that is held on the 6th of January every year. People here celebrate "Name Days" which are days dedicated to certain saints within the Church. January 6th happens to be Jordan or Йордан day. From what I can gather a bunch of men gather around in next to no clothing when it is negative 1000 degrees outside and a priest throws a cross into the water. The waiting hoard of men strike out on a rampage through the freezing (yes freezing, the edges of the river are literally ice) water in order to be the luck man to find the cross.

Here is the funny thing...

These men get undressed in absolutely freezing weather and jump in the water and chase after the cross hoping that they might get to it first in order to secure for themselves HEALTH, of all things, for the coming year. I am not the brightest person but where I come from people do things like this in order to obtain for themselves a heartwarming case of hypothermia...

I did go to A&M and we do some absolutely crazy things there in the name of "tradition" and "culture" so I guess I am not that surprised by this. To tell you the truth I am rather upset because for some reason my town did not have this momentous celebration of manliness this year for the first time in, well, forever... Why? I want to prove my manliness and sense of self worth by jumping in the freezing water with a bunch of men from Eastern Europe and beat my chest and make man noises. I guess instead I will be forced to take up something slightly less fierce, knitting maybe...