dancing at celebrations

Babjak 3

21 (b) dədème sì gu pà tìjə pɛ̀ejɛ ìgra:
and we give it (= the flowerpot) back [to them], and then they sing and dance,

22 (b) zàednu pɛ̀eme i nìe s nìh nə òru ìgrəme pɛ̀eme
and we sing together with them. We dance the horo together, and sing.

29 (b) i təkà se rəzvàlijə təka prəznùvaja gerg'èvden
And that's how they took it apart, how they celebrated St. George's Day in

30 (b) nə vrɛ̀metu trì čètiri pèt dènə ìgra: pɛ̀aja vesèleja sе̥
the old days. They'd dance, sing, and make merry for three, four, five days.

Brŭšljan 3

45 (c) i uttàm nə xuròtu də igràeme i də p'ɛ̀eme
From there [we’d go] to the dance area, to dance and sing

46 (c) i də se veselìm nə pràznikət tvà e
and make merry on [the occasion of] the holiday. And that’s it.

Brŭšljan 4

65 (d) i xuròtu igràe nəòkulu gàjdətə svìri tɤ̀pən'ət
And [they] dance the horo all around, the bagpipe plays, and the drum.

66 (d) i nìe se l'ul'ɛ̀eme trìese i trètə gudìnə beše tuvà
And we swing. This was in ’33,

Čokmanovo 1

1 (a) nə əlìn'd'en' hòd'əhm'e pu trì d'èn'ə nə l'uvàtkit'e igràehme hòru səs
On St. Elias’ day we went to the meadows for three days. We danced the horo, [wearing]

2 (a) фùsti səs ə ərmelìcit'e tɔ̀pən'ə č'ùkəš'e nìe rìpkəhme
folk aprons with decorative coins. The drum would beat and we would jump about

3 (a) kòlkutu mòž'eme trì d'èn'ə sigà kəkvò də kàž'e n'èmə n'è elìn'd'èn'
as much as we could for three days. Now what can I say? There’s neither St. Elias day

4 (a) n'èmə nì nì svir'àn nìtu igràjət nìtu nìštu nìe si sme bàbise nəuč'èni
nor is there music playing nor do they dance – nothing at all. We grannies are accustomed

5 (a) svir'ànə də si igràime vìd'ehme si ràptətə hòd'əhme si nìe
to dancing to live music. We would see to our work, and we would go

17 (a) tùkə nəgòre ìməme m ənə pə pə pərəklìsč'ek sv'etì dùh sə kàzvaš'e
Up here we have uh a ch- ch- a chapel, it’s called the [chapel of the] Holy Spirit

18 (a) im'ɛ̀š'e hòru gul'ɛ̀mu tùkə nə pərəklìsč'ek' udgòr'e hòru sə pàk vɔ̀rnehme
There was a big dance up there at the chapel. We came back [to] the dance.

19 (a) hɔ̀ pàk huràtə hɔ̀ pàk hurà də igràime i də sə sm'èjem
Ah the dances! Ah, let’s dance horo again, and laugh

20 (a) i də sə vèselìm'e segà kəkvɔ̀ n'ìtu v'èselu ìmə n'ìtu nìštu
and rejoice. What is there now? There’s nothing joyful, [there’s] nothing at all.

Dolno Draglište 2

2 (b) hàjde nə tɤpənètu tùpa: č' ìim nə òrutu nə rekàtə
it's off to the drums, they’re drumming! And we’ll go to the horo at the river.

3 (b) tə òru tə òru təkà se e raptìlu ednò vrème
And dance, dance – that’s what people did in the old days.

12 (b) tàm vèče se jàgne zəkòl'e jadè se pìe se
[where] they’re already slaughtering a lamb. You eat, you drink,

13 (b) pà se òru ìgrə è təkà bèše
you dance the horo [some more]. So that’s how it was.

Dolno Ujno

230 (RA) ìma mùzika xorò gàjde
There’s music, dancing, bagpipes?

231 (a) ìmaše čàlgadžii
There were [bands of] musicians …

233 (a) tupàn [laughter]
… [with] the big drum. [laughter]

235 (a) ìmaše edìn dèdo petrè ot lòmnica kato se sabèreme
There was this Grandpa Peter from Lomnica, when we got together,

236 (a) i u sèka sveta nedèl'a ìdexme i kato se sabèrexme
We would go there every Holy Sunday. And when we got together,

237 (a) i kato m zème tupàno òro [laughter]
when he takes up the drum [for the dance] – [laughter]

240 (b) stàva li na tupàn
Does the big drum work [as dance music]?

241 (a) dà na tupàn
Yes, the big drum works.

243 (a) bùm bùm [laughter]
Boom, boom! [laughter]

244 (RA) a tì igràeše li
And did you used to dance?

245 (a) pə igràla səm
Yes, I danced.

247 (a) [laughter] è kàk səm igràla
[laughter] Oh, how I danced.

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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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