Current News

Current News

SEKNOVENIE / EQUINOX (also known as Black Saint John)

SEKNOVENIE / EQUINOX (also known as Black Saint John)

8/29/2017 8:00:00 AM
People honor this day as the Equinox (meaning even day, i.e. the length of the day equals the length of the night). Water also gets colder and people should not bathe in waters in the open. That day, people do not eat black grapes or any fruit, begetable or drink of red color (associated with the blood of the saint), and to chase away sickness they eat white grapes and drink white wine. Aged people in the eastern regions tell the story that on Seknovenie Day all snakes, lizards and other reptiles return to their winter holes with the snake king.   “Wood-nymphs, fairies, dragons and dragonesses go to the end of the world”, and prepare for the winter. You must not start any new jobs on this day.







Women do not cut fabrics or sew because it is believed that the dress cut or sown that day is “black” and brings bad luck. The same refers to everything black, so people, unless in mourning, must not wear black clothes that day.







John the Baptist was a cousin of the Holy Virgin Mary. He was born when his mother was advanced in age, after the foretelling of his birth and the choice of his name by an angel. He began his mission of preaching and baptizing in the river Jordan at about 27 AD. His way of life closely resembled those of some Old Testament prophets, such as Elias. His message was one of repentance and preparation for the coming of the Messiah and His Kingdom. The Apostles St. Peter and St. Andrew were among his disciples. John baptized Jesus and recognized Him as the Messiah, when he saw the Spirit come down on Him.







John also denounced the incestuous relationship of King Herod Antipas with his niece and brothers wife, Herodias, and was imprisoned for doing so. His death was brought about by the hatred of Herodias and the weakness of King Herod. When Salome, her daughter, had greatly pleased Herod with her dancing, he promised her anything she wanted. She demanded Johns head on a dish. The executioner Machaeus beheaded John and presented his head to Salome, who passed it on to her mother. John the Baptist was believed to be buried in Samaria where he was honored in the 4th century. The death of the Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist is remembered on 29th August, and the Church keeps a strict fast on this day.
Bulgarian Literacy and Culture Celebration Day - May 24th
Ever since the earliest Bulgarian manuscript books (preserved until today), we can trace the tradition to honor the two saint brothers - St Cyril (on February 14th) and St Methodius (on April 6th) ...
St.St.Constantine and Helena Feast
St.St.Constantine and Helena Feast
5/21/2018 8:00:00 AM
May 21st is celebrated in Bulgaria as the church feast of St. St.Constatine and Helena.
NIGHT OF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
NIGHT OF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
5/18/2018 9:00:00 AM
Tonight Plovdiv will have no sleep - all private, municipal and state museums and art galleries in Plovdiv will stay open throughout the night for visitors.
Today is SPASSOVDEN
Today is SPASSOVDEN
5/17/2018 10:00:00 AM
SPASSOVDEN (always on Thursday, 40 Days after Easter - “Ascension Day” or “Ascension of the Lord”): The great feast called the Spassovden or Ascension Day is connected to the eternal human wish for health and joy. The feast is a non-fixed one, and it is celebrated 40 days after Easter, always on Thursday.
The St. St. Cyril and Methodius Day
The St. St. Cyril and Methodius Day
5/11/2018 10:00:00 AM
The first celebration of the Day of the Holy Brothers, St.Cyril and St.Methodius, was organized by the eminent Plovdiv figure Nayden Gerov in 1851, in the city of Pl...
May 9th - the Day of Europe
May 9th - the Day of Europe
5/9/2018 7:00:00 AM
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schumann presented his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.
May 6th - Gergyovden (St Georgs Day)
The national feast Gergyovden (St Georgs Day), called by different versions of the namein the different parts of the country: Gergyuvden, Gyurgyovden,...
The world Day of Free Journalism
The world Day of Free Journalism
5/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
The world Day of Free Journalism has been celebrating since 1992 on UNESCO initiative.
Today is Borisovden
Today is Borisovden
5/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
May 2 is the traditional Church Holiday of Borisovden - everyone having the name of Boris and all the derivatives: Borislav, Borislava, Boryana celebrate their name day
Today is May 1st - international Labor Day
May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist, and anarchist groups.