In Bulgaria, we have special days on which we celebrate names. One of the biggest celebrations is called Tsvetnitsa and it’s exactly on the same day as Palm Sunday. It’s a religious celebration but we also celebrate all flowers, shrubs and even tree names. It’s a moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. This year Easter in Bulgaria is on 8th of April, so today we celebrate Tsvetnitsa, which in translation means “something colorful”.
In many Catholic and Episcopal denominations, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. But the difficulty of procuring palms in unfavorable climates led to their substitution with branches of native trees, including box, olive, willow, and yew, so in Bulgaria we use willow.
As you all know my name is Nevena, which in English means Calendula! Yes, that’s right! I’ve been named after a flower! And my grandma of course. In Bulgarian language, my name means “something that never fades away”.