Lazaruvane is an old Bulgarian custom, which is performed to welcome spring. It is celebrated on the day of St. Lazarus - the Saturday eight days before Easter. During the month before that, the dancers gather to remember old and learn new songs for the celebration. On the day of the feast the girls cross the village in groups and sing their songs and dance. The songs typical for the celebration are performed solely on this day. There is a belief that every household where the girls – Lazarki - have sung will enjoy health and fertility during the year. The hosts give the girls small gifts, such as bread, fruit or eggs. Lazaruvane symbolizes the growth of the girl, its transformation from a child into a young woman. It was considered that a girl who has performed the ritual is ready for marriage. Therefore, young men in the village could choose their future brides during the festivities on this day.