Bulgarian Women Pay Tribute to Midwives, Men BannedSociety | January 21, 2011, Friday // 08:25| views
Traditions have it that early in the morning the midwives visit the children they have delivered. Photo by BGNES
With a variety of colorful rituals, Bulgaria marks the day of midwives on January 21, the so-called Babinden.
Traditions have it that early in the morning the midwives visit the children they have delivered, and wash their faces with water. Then the mother of the child helps the midwife wash her hands and gives her a bar of soap and a towel as a gift.
In the evening, all midwifes sit down to a generous table. Men are not allowed to join the festivities and hardly would anyone dare breach the rule.
The same festivities are traditionally organized in Bulgaria on January 8, which is the Gregorian calendar date for paying tribute to midwives.