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Traditions & NameDays
MAKAVEYAN DAYS - August 1-12
8/1/2014 9:00:00 AM
The traditional holidays called "Makaveyan Days" last for 12 days - from August 1st to August 12th. The Makaveyan Days are related to folk meteorology. Old people used to name those 12 days after the 12 months of the year, the first day being September, the second October, the third November, and so on - up to the twelfth, which is August again but in next year. That way, observing the weather day by day, people knew what the weather would be all the year ahead.
The first day of the Makaveyan Days – Egus, is celebrated mostly by women, so that their fingers would “not be eaten away” by too much spinning. That day in some villages the father-in-law summons his sons-in-law to a festive table. After the meal, he taps on their back with a bag full of air. The sons-in-law scatter into the yard and, crying out loud, they walk around all the corners - that ritual is believed to bring health and fertility to the cattle. If a man works that day, fire will burn his house or a wolf will eat all his domestic animals.
Today is the BABA MARTA DAY
3/1/2015 8:00:00 AM
If you by any chance visit Bulgaria on the first day of March you are certain to notice almost every person decorated with small tokens made from red and white woollen threads.
2/28/2015 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Todor, Todorka, Teodor/a, Theo, Dora.
SIRNI ZAGOVEZNI (Shrove Sunday/ Cheese Fasting)
2/22/2015 8:00:00 AM
Ritual table: cheese pastry, rite bread, cheese pumpkin, eggs, white halvah with nuts, fish.
Anniversary of the death of Vassil Levski
2/19/2015 9:00:00 AM
Today is the 142nd anniversary of the death of one of the greatest fighters for Bulgarian independence during the period of the Ottoman oprresion
MESNI ZAGOVEZNI (Meat Fasting Day)
2/15/2015 9:00:00 AM
Mesni Zagovezni (Meat Fasting Day) - celebrated 8 Sundays before Easter. After the All Souls; Day (Goliama Zadoushnitsa) on Saturday, the following day, Sunday, people celebrate the Orthodox Chur...
Today is ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day)
2/14/2015 11:00:00 AM
ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day):
Bulgarians Celebrate Love of Wine and Each Other
2/14/2015 9:00:00 AM
As lovers celebrate St Valentine's Day, many Bulgarians insist February 14 should be reserved for a traditional Bulgarian celebration - the feast of St. Trifon Zarezan.
Anniversary of the death of St Constantine-Cyril the Philosopher
2/14/2015 7:00:00 AM
February 14th marks the anniversary of the death of St Constantine-Cyril the Philosopher, one of the holy brothers St.St. Cyril and Methodius, founders...
ST.VLASSIOS/ BLASSIOS (also Hieromartyr Blaise)
2/11/2015 10:00:00 AM
Name day of Vlasso
ST. HARALAMBOS (Charalambos) the Martyr
2/10/2015 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Haralampij, Haralambi, Hari, Harry, Valentin/a, Valery, Valeria.