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Traditions & NameDays
Today is LAZAROVDEN (St. Lazarus’ Day)
4/27/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day for everyone having the name of Lazar, Lazo, Lazarina, Lara.
Lazarovden (the day before Tsvetnisa-Vrubnitsa, Palm Sunday) - the Lazarovden (Lazarus Day) ceremonies, called "lazarouvane", are among the most popular Bulgarian traditional feasts.
The Saturday before Easter is a feast dedicated to youth and fertility - young girls, pastures, fields and woods. Lazarovden is an event in the life of every young girl, because then she could demonstrate to her village community the fact of her becoming a grown-up maiden. The girls would gather in groups of about ten at the house of the prettiest one and then start their going around the village singing and dancing their special "Lazar Day" tunes. The songs sung on the Lazar Day praise the beauty of the maiden and her beloved one, the industry of the farmer, the purity of maternal love, and they are associated with wishes for happiness and prosperity.
The Orthodox church connects that day to the resurrection of Lazarus (brother of Martha and Maria), whom Jesus raised from the dead. Lazarus, who lived for 30 years more, was an ardent follower of Christian faith and died as a bishop of the town of Ketonia (in Cyprus).
33 years ago John Lennon was killed on that day...
12/8/2013 10:00:00 AM
Former Beatle John Lennon has been shot dead December 8th, 1980, by a gunman he did not know, who opened fire outside the musician's New York apartment.
December 8th - the Day University Students celebrate as their feastday
12/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
The start of that special feast goes back to the 1920, and is connected to the then-only BG University - the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski.
207 years of the first early Bulgarian printed book
12/7/2013 8:00:00 AM
In 1806 the first early Bulgarian book Nedelnik (Kiriakodromion) written by Sofronii of Vratsa was printed.
NIKULDEN (St. Nicholas the Wonderworker)
12/6/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day for everyone named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina, Nina.
ST. SAVA (also: St. Savva or St. Sabbas the Sanctified)
12/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Sava, Slavka, Slav, Vladislav, Slavi.
ST. VARVARA (St. Barbara) - December 4
12/4/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Varvara, Barbara.
World AIDS Day
12/1/2013 9:00:00 AM
The ends of the red ribbon are pointed to the ground today, symbolizing the life that is disappearing.
Today is St.Andrews Day
11/30/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Andrey, Andriana (the name has the meaning “masculine”, therefore “strong”).
KATERININDEN (St. Catherines Day)
11/24/2013 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Ekaterina, Katerina, Katya.
ST. ALEXANDER NEVSKI
11/23/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Alexander, Alexandra, Sasho, Sashka, Tsanko. The name derives from Old Greek, having the meaning of “protector of the men”.