Traditions & NameDays

As early as 7000 years B.C., 3000 years before the Egyptians, traders from this land, now known as Bulgaria, had crossed up and down the Mediterranean. This long and winding history gave a source of not only great national pride but also an inspiration for a new national spirit. Much has perished through all these millennia, but even more has remained - a rich spiritual world which will shower you with the colours, rhythms and melodious songs of living Bulgarian folklore, the unfading beauty of Bulgarian arts and crafts, the gaiety and vivacity of Bulgarian festivals and customs, the piquant taste of Bulgarian cuisine and the delicate fragrance of Bulgarian wines.

Plovdiv region and the city, villages and towns therein, with its remnants of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman civilizations, count among their wealth an unusually diverse culture, parts of which have remained unchanged for centuries. In this section of Plovdiv Guide, we offer you a trip through the land which has been so richly endowed by God with elegant beauty and invite you to discover its traditions, customs and rituals.
PAVLYOVDEN (ST. PAUL’s Day)  - June 30
Name day of everyone named  Pavel, Pavlina, Polya.The East Orthodox calendar officially celebrates St.Pauls Day on June 29th, the Day of St.st.Peter and Paul, but in many regions of Bulgaria ...
ST. COSMAS AND ST. DAMIAN Feastday (The Holy Healers Day) - July 1
Name day of everyone named Cosma, Kuzman, Damyan, Krassimir, Krassimira, Krassina.The day of the Christian saints Cosmas and Damian (in BG version: Kozma and Damyan) is considered a very big feast...
SUMMER  ATANASSOVDEN - July 5
Name day of everyone named Atanas, Atanaska (althou they rather celebrate on January 18th).The feast is also known as Harvester and In Summer – a feast connected to the opening of the harvest time...
Name day of Nedyalko, Nedyalka, Neda....
ST. PROCOPIUS, the Bee-Keeper - July 8
Name day of everyone named Prokopi.According to traditional beliefs, St. Procopius (in BG, St. Prokopi) is connected to the bee-keeping – hence his name. Early in the morning, bee-keepers’ wives b...
GORESHTNITSI (The “Hottest Days” Feasts) - July 15, 16, 17
Those three days the traditional calendar celebrates the feasts of fire. Those three days are considered the hottest days in the summer. That feast has pagan origin and is connected to the fire cult. ...
ST. JULITTA and ST. CYRICUS - July 16 (July 28 old style)
Name day of everyone named Julia, Yulia, Yulian. That day the church celebrates the Day of the Holy Martyrs Cyricus and his mother Julitta.  Cyricus and Julitta lived in the city of Iconium, ...
ST. MARINA - July 17
Name day of everyone named Marin, Marina (meaning ‘firm, constant’).St Marina's father was a pagan, living in the 3rd century, and her mother died giving birth. Her foster mother taught her a...
ILINDEN (St. Elias Day) - July 20
Name day of everyone named Iliya, Iliana, Iliyan, Ilko, Ilka.St. Elias is one of the traditional feasts celebrated to preserve from hail or thunder. According to the traditional beliefs, St. Elias...
Name day of Magda, Magdalena...