bride's arrival at new home

Dolno Draglište 1

2 (a) ìdeme zèmeme bùlkətə ud dumà vòdimè jə
we go and get the bride from [her] house, and bring her [to her new home].

3 (a) jàdene pìen pusrèštəmè̝ jə kətu se kətu dòjde bùlkətə ut təvà
We greet her with food and drink. When – when the bride comes after –

4 (a) pusrèštəmè jə sus slòžime pu stɤ̀lbətə plətnò červèni kònci
we greet her with – we put fabric on the stairs, red threads,

5 (a) bèli i červèni umòtame i vrɤvì bùlkətə sus lèp
we wind up red and white threads. And the bride walks around with bread,

6 (a) nə ut tùka i ut tùka s lèpᵊ i f rɤcète
from here to there with bread [under her arm] and in her hands –

7 (a) s kòtli vudà i pu nèjə pə vrɤvì mlədužènecu i pìta: gu
pails of water. And the bridegroom walks after her while [people] ask him:

8 (a) kəkvò mòtəš štòtu tòj mòta vèče koncìte kəkvò mòtəš
“What are you winding?” because he’s winding these threads. “What are you winding?”

9 (a) mi mɤškì dècə žèncki dèca mòtə i kəžùvə tàm što ì mòtə
“[For] male children, female children”. He winds and explains [the threads] that he’s winding for her.

10 (a) pìta: gu tàm kəkvò mòtəš tòj pà žèncki mɤškì [laughter]
They ask him “Why are you winding?”, and he again “Female, male!” [laughter]

11 (a) tekà bèše ednò vrème kəd vodàaše bùlkətə [laughter]
That’s what it was like back then when they brought the bride [home]. [laughter]

Garvan 1

101 (a) i ə i s'ètn'e təkòzvəš ə v'èč'i sə wrɤ̀štəš
And so. And you do [all] this, and then you come back

102 (a) u vàs i ìd'im tùkətɤ̀j
to your [home], we come here –

103 (GK) u kòj u mòməkə li ili u
To whom? To the [home of] the boy, or to –

104 (a) u mòməkə be v'èči u mòməkə u mòməkə sə wrɤ̀štəš
The boy! [You live] already [now] at the boy’s. You go back to the boy’s.

Gorna Krušica 1

72 (RA) a nevèstata kogàto vlìza za prɤ̀v pɤ̀t zə pri svekɤ̀rvata
[For] a bride – when she comes for the first time to her mother-in-law’s,

73 (RA) f nòvata kɤ̀šta
[for the first entry] into [her] new home –

75 (RA) ìma li običàj pràvi li nèšto
Is there some custom? Does she do something [special]?

76 (a) ami ìma običàj
Well [yes], there’s a custom.

77 (GK) koga ə vɤ̀rnət kogàto ja vɤ̀rnət ot əs crɤ̀kvətə
When they come back, when they bring her back from the church. .

78 (a) ami ìma običàj
Well [yes], there’s a custom.

79 (RA) kvò pràjat
What do they do?

80 (a) ìma tàmo prikàrat a pred vratàta da si isklàn’a
There is. They bring her there up to the door for her to bow,

81 (a) da fɤ̀rli ednà parà odgòre na kɤ̀štata
for her to throw a coin up on to the [roof of the] house

83 (a) ja takà takòv običàj ìma
Yes, there’s such a custom.

84 (GK) a svekɤ̀rvata i cvèkɤra nèšto pràvexa li
And the mother-in-law and father-in-law – did they do something?

85 (a) a svèkaro svèkara kato svàli a ot kòn’o pa togàva na kòn’o
The father-in-law. When he takes her off of the horse – back then it was on a horse

86 (a) be se kačùvame jàs na kòn me bèa kačìli mène
that we rode. I – it was on a horse that they put me [as a bride],

87 (a) i me svàl’a svèkara e me vrɤtì okol ə tovà
and my father-in-law took me off and took me around it –

88 (a) okol kòno me vrɤtì trì pati trèbe me zavrɤtì
three times around the horse. Three times he had to take me around it

89 (a) takà bèše sìčkite dè nè sàmo mène ìskam da vi kàža
that’s how it was. For everyone, mind. Not only me, that’s what I wanted to tell you

91 (a) jà sam takà ahà izvrɤtì okol kòno i svàli vèče
I was [welcomed] that way. He took [me] around the horse, and then let go.

92 (a) i i togàva vèče navɤ̀tre flèznat takàmu tàmo flèznat mlàdite
And then they go inside. The newlyweds go inside.

93 (RA) a na vrətàta pràvi li nèšto màza li na vratàta
But does she do something at the door? Does she smear something on the door?

94 (GK) slàgaxa li nešto na vratàta
Did they put something onto the door

95 (a) nè na vratàta ne slàgame
No, we don’t put [anything] on the door.

96 (GK) ili da màžat nèšto sɤs màslo pa
or smear something, butter maybe?

97 (a) a takòva ednì sa mažàli ama nèkoj ne sà ne smè mažàli
Ah, that. Some people smeared something but others didn’t. We didn’t smear anything.

Hvojna 1

30 (a) eli nəpràvu bùlkətə jə vòd’exə tòčnu f svàdbenijə d’èn
or they brought the bride straight [to her new home] on the very wedding day

31 (a) i sički sə ràdvət če si zìmət mumà zə fkʌ̀šti
and everyone rejoiced that a maiden was being taken into the house.

Nasalevci 1

51 (a) e pa is cṛkvu ka izlèzne i prìmer otìva si pòsle
Well, when she comes out of the church, for instance, after that she goes

52 (a) u kɤ̀štutu na momčèto
to the groom’s house.

53 (GK) takà i tàm kakvò se prài kàk ja posrèštat
Right, and what do they do there? How do they greet her (the bride) ?

54 (a) e pa tàm a posrèšta svekṛ̀vata nalì ti kazà odèva
Well, the mother-in-law greets her. I told you before, didn’t I?

56 (a) sɤs sìto
With a sieve

57 (GK) dà
Yes?

58 (a) posrèšta dvè stòvni vi dadè nèvu na nevèstutu
She greets her with two jugs. She gives [them] to her – to the bride

59 (a) i vi slòži pṛ̀sti tùka ko jà što sɤm turìla
and puts her fingers here like I [just] put mine [here]

60 (a) i uvedè vɤ̀tre i pòsle ju pràti dòle na klàdenɤc
and leads her inside. After that she sends her down to the well

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Recommended Model for Citations

Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition [2016] (http://www.bulgariandialectology.org, visited on 1 March 2016)
Babjak 1: 13-15. In: Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition [2016] (http://www.bulgariandialectology.org, visited on 1 March 2016)

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