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Traditions & NameDays
St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
7/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
St. Ilia is a Judaic prophet and a wandering hermit, who lived in the time of the Israeli king of Ahav and queen Iesavel. They worshipped the pagan god Vaal. St. Ilia predicted horrible drought would befall the lands of the pagan king, which would be God’s way of punishing him for his sins. His prophecy came true and the Israeli people were tortured by drought for three and a half years. Only then did God show his mercy and sent his prophet to announce the end of the disaster. St. Ilia is worshipped by all Christians as one of the greatest biblical prophets, along with Moses. His life story tells how, when he died, a fiery chariot, pulled by fiery horses, took him to the skies. This is how the saint is depicted by icon-painters – in a gold-plated sky chariot, pulled by four white horses. In the christianized mythological believes, when the world was divided, St. Ilia took the “summer thunders and storms”; he is the master of all summer sky elements and hailstorms. Ilinden (or the day of St. Ilia) is celebrated as the day of the most important saint –“hailstormer”. In his honour, people make offerings by slaughtering the oldest rooster and baking round loafs for him. All-village fairs are organized. Ilinden is also the holiday of all members of the guild of curriers, furriers, packsaddle-makers, and tile-makers. It is also the name day of all people called Ilia, Ilian/a.
ST. PANTELEYMON, the All-Merciful
7/27/2014 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Panteley, Dobra, Dobrin, Dobrina.T
St. Annas Summer Feastday (Dormition of the Mother of the Holy Virgin)
7/25/2014 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Anna, Yana, Enko.
That day back in 791 AD, Bulgarian Army led by Khan Kardam won the battle by the Markella Fortress
7/20/2014 8:00:00 AM
The name of Kardam is first encountered in the Byzantine sources in 791, when Emperor Constantine VI embarked on an expedition against Bulgaria
Celebrating the anniversary of Levski birth
7/18/2014 9:00:00 AM
Celebrations of the 176th anniversary of Levskis birth will open July 14th, by a long-distance race.
Orthodox Christianity celebrates the day of ST. MARINA on July 17
7/17/2014 9:00:00 AM
It is the name day of everyone named Marin, Marina
7/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
The Orthodox Church commemorates on July 15, 16, and 17 the Saint Martyrs Kirik and Julita, Atinogen and Marina.
Philippopolis Film Nights movie festival opens today at the Orpheus Cinema
7/10/2014 10:00:00 AM
The 16th edition of the movie fest will be running until August 3.
ST. PROCOPIUS, the Bee-Keeper
7/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Prokopi.
July 7, 1550: Europeans Discover Chocolate
7/7/2014 8:00:00 AM
1550: Chocolate is introduced in Europe, and the Mexican drink creates a passion that endures after nearly half a millennium.
International Kissing Day
7/6/2014 11:00:00 AM
Today is International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day. As the author of The Science of Kissing, what better way to celebrate than to share some fascinating facts about kissing: