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November 14th starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting

November 14th starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting

11/14/2012 8:00:00 AM
November 14th starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting, introduced by the Church later than the Holy Fasting for Easter. In 1166 the Patriarch of Constantinople, Luke Chrysoberges, defined the Christmas Fasting Days to be exactly 40.

The celebrations of the Holy Nativity feast became popular around the year of 350 AD in the western Europe, while in Eastern Europe they were first introduced by St Gregorii Bogoslov (i.e. St Gregory the Theologian) around 375 – 380 AD. Holy Nativity was celebrated on a number of different days throughout Christian world – Dec.25 in the western parts, January 4 in Antiochia, April 18 or 19 or May 29 in Alexandria, and January 6 or 10 in Asia Minor…. It was not until the end of the 4th c. AD that these celebrations were appointed on one day for all the churches (except the Armenian) - i.e. the date of Dec.25th.
Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother
The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother, according to Holy Tradition, this took place in the following manner: the parents of the Virgin Mary, Righteous Joachim and Anna, praying for an end to their childlessness, vowed that if a child were born to them, they would dedicate it to the service of God.
 St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist is commemorated by the Orthodox Church on November 16
Name day of everyone named Matey.St. Matthew
KOLEDNI ZAGOVEZNI (Christmas Shrove before Christmas Lent)
After the Great All Souls’ Day and Michaelmas, there comes Christmas Shrove - the last day you can eat meat before Christmas.
Today is the feastday of ST. MENAS (also: Minas), St. Victor and St. Vicentius
Name day of everyone named Mina, Minka, Mincho; Victor, Victoria;
ARCHANGELS DAY
ARCHANGELS DAY
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Name day of everyone named Angel, Angelina, Mihaill, Gavrail, Radka, Radko, Raina, Ognian, Plamen, Emilia, Emil.
ARCHANGELSKA (GOLIAMA) ZADOUSHNITSA (Great All Souls’ Day) -
The Great All Souls’ Day (also called Michaelmas All Souls’ Day) is the first Saturday before Michaelmas
The Day of Bulgarian Revival Period's Cultural Leaders
November 1st Bulgaria celebrates one of the greatest days honoring our culture and development - The Day of Bulgarian Revival Period's Cultural Leaders
MISHINDEN  (Mouse Feastday)
MISHINDEN (Mouse Feastday)
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Name day of everyone named Nestor.The day is honoured by women. They are forbidden to do any household work, otherwise mice would harm the house and the  grain.
Today is DIMITROVDEN (St. Demetrius’s Day)
Name day of everyone named Dimiter, Dimitrina, Dimo, Mitra, Dragan, Drago, Dimka.
Feast day of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and the Rila Monastery
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 ...