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Traditions & NameDays
St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
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.
STEFANOVDEN (St. Stephen or Stefans Day)
12/27/2014 10:02:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Stefan (the name Stefan means 'crown'), Stefanka, Stoil, Stoyo, Stoyka, Stoycho, Stoimen, Stoichko, Stancho, Stanka, Stoyan (Minchev), Stoyanka, Tanyo, Tanya, Tsonko/a, Tsanko/a, Stanimir/a, Stamen, Zapryan/a; Ventsislav/a (also Dec. 30th)....
CHRISTMAS DAY - December 25
12/25/2014 9:00:00 AM
Name day for: Hristo, Hristina, Christina, Kolio, Bojin, Radostin, Radomir, Mladen.
Some more information on Christmas Eve
12/24/2014 11:00:00 AM
Christmas Eve is the night before Christmas, when the whole family gathers at a festive dinner with traditionally uneven number of meatless dishes - the more the number is, the richest the year is going to be.
12/24/2014 9:00:00 AM
The BG tradition says: The feast starts Dec.24th - the Christmas Eve (or known as Small Christmas). All over Bulgaria koledari (i.e. typically Bulgarian carol singers) go around their neighborhood.
Silent Night songs gets 196 years old
12/23/2014 9:00:00 AM
Born on a cold night in the chapel of a small Austrian village, Silent Night, the world's most famous Christmas carol, is celebrating its 194th anniversary.
ST. ANASTASIAs Day
12/22/2014 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Anastasia, Asya, Natasha.
IGNAZHDEN (St. Ignatius, the God-Bearer of Antioch)
12/20/2014 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Ignat (from the Latin, the name means ‘fire’), Ognyan, Ognyana.
20.XII. - International Human Solidarity Day
12/20/2014 8:00:00 AM
International Human Solidarity Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005 as an initiative in the fight against poverty.
DANIEL, Holy Prophet, and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias, and Misael
12/17/2014 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Danail, Daniel, Daniela.
SPYRIDONOVDEN (St. Spyridons Day)
12/12/2014 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Spyridon or Spiro.