This year, as it happens every once in a while, the “Western” (Catholic and Protestant) Easter and the Orthodox Easter coincide, and so do – by extension – Palm Sunday and Tsvetnitsa, respectively, both of which happened to be today.
And, as far as I’m concerned, there was no better way to spend the day than by walking around Rochester’s Park Avenue area, where – luckily for me – spring has spring. I even got to see some blooming crocuses/croci. What an ugly name for such a beautiful flower, although I have to admit that the Bulgarian минзухар (pronounced meen-zoo-har) is no feast for the ears either.
Speaking of feasts, while thinking of a title for this post, I came across an explanation of why Hemingway’s posthumously published memoir was called A Moveable Feast (the term is originally used to describe Christian holidays that don’t take place on the same date every year, such as Easter and Palm Sunday). The title was apparently suggested by A. E. Hotchner, who supposedly remembered a conversation, in which Hemingway said, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
I like this idea of carrying past experiences around like a moveable feast, and my time in the States somehow feels like that to me.
Happy First Day of Spring and here’s to blooming in all kinds of ways!
Incidentally, this picture was taken at Sofia’s Dom na Kinoto (Cinema House) and In Bloom is actually the title of one of the films that are screened there as part of this year’s Sofia Film Festival, which is going on until the end of the month. You can catch In Bloom‘s second screening tomorrow, at 9:15pm.
While most of the Christian world celebrates Easter today, Bulgaria – which goes by the Orthodox Calendar (Easter is next Sunday, according to it) marks Tsvetnitsa (the equivalent of Palm Sunday, whose name is derived from the world tsvete – ‘flower’).
Besides the religious meaning of the holiday, Tsvetnitsa also has a markedly secular spirit as the name day of people whose names are related to or derived from flowers, trees, or anything from botany or nature in general, such as Lily, Violeta, Margarita, Tsvetan(a) Yavor (‘sycamore’) and Yasen (‘ash tree’) – and yes, those last two are very common men’s names.
This is usually kind of perfect, as the day falls right when spring has finally arrived and seems set to stay. Or at least that’s what it looked like yesterday, when the sun was shining and flowers were in full bloom. Today it’s rainy, gloomy and cold, but that’s spring for you, I guess.
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Today, I walked along Sofia’s Vitosha Boulevard – theoretically, the city’s chicest street, although you wouldn’t know that from looking at condition of the pavement. Especially on weekends and when the weather is nice, this pedestrian main drag is where people go to walk up and down, gawk at shop windows and at each other or sit at the outside tables of the sidewalk cafés.