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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.
Feast day of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and the Rila Monastery
10/19/2014 8:00:00 AM
On 19 October the Bulgarian Church celebrates the discovery of the imperishable holy remains of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and also their moving ...
October 18 - St .Luke's Day
10/18/2014 8:00:00 AM
St.Luke, Holy Apostle and Evangelist, who wrote about the life of Jesus, used to be a good healer and a talented artist.
Today is PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday)
10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Paraskeva, Petko, Petyo, Petka, Petkana, Penka, Pencho.
Today is World Smile Day
10/5/2014 9:10:00 AM
As is Harvey Ballwell known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963.
POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy Protection of Mother of God)
10/1/2014 8:43:00 AM
Pokrov, as the feast HOLY PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD is popular in BG, is a Slavonic term meaning “veil” or “mantle”, signifying protection. This feast today is primarily observed by the Eastern Slavic Churches - Catholic and Orthodox.
Plovdiv marks European Bat Night
9/30/2014 2:52:08 PM
The European Bat Night will be marked tonight at King Simeon gardens in Plovdiv.
70th edition of Plovdiv Technical Fair opens
9/29/2014 2:00:00 PM
The 70th edition of the International Autumn Technical Fair opened in Bulgaria’s second largest city Plovdiv.
Tsvetana Pironkova starts in China Open with victory
9/26/2014 3:33:19 PM
Bulgaria’s best tennis lady Tsvetana Pironkova started with a victory her performance at the China Open tournament in Beijing
Balkan Fair of Crafts 2014
9/25/2014 3:34:32 PM
Regional Chamber of Crafts Plovdiv organizes Autumn Balkan Fair of Crafts in Plovdiv.
The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv marks 50th jubilee
9/24/2014 3:45:12 PM
Plovdiv has many reasons to feel a sense of pride this year. After being elected Bulgaria’s European capital of culture, 2019 at the end of September, it is now marking another important event – the 50th jubilee of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in the city.