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St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
7/20/2013 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.
4/19/2014 8:00:00 AM
It is also a time to remember family and the faithful who have died as we await the resurrection, or to honor the martyrs who have given their lives for the cause of Christ in the world.
Good Friday (also Holy Friday)
4/18/2014 8:00:00 AM
The Holy Friday marks the respect of the entire Christian world to the crucified Jesus.
4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM
Holy Thursday is the day when all women are supposed to color bright eggs for Easter family gathering.
Easter thoughts on Christ and his resurrection - the Turin shroud
4/16/2014 10:00:00 AM
Around Easter people always think and talk about miracles and the resurrection of Christ. The story of the Turin Shroud is one of the miraculous stories we have to accept and not seek for expalnati...
Easter Bunny History
4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore.
HOLY WEEK before Easter
4/14/2014 8:00:00 AM
Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
TSVETNITSA - VRUBNITSA (Palm Sunday)
4/13/2014 7:40:00 AM
Name day of everyone named after a flower, bush or tree (Tsvetelina, Lilia, Yavor, Yassen, Roza, Iglika, Violeta, Varban, Latinka, Temenuga, Karamfila, Zdravko, Kamelia etc).
12.04.1961 - First space flight
4/12/2014 12:10:00 PM
On April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 1
Today is LAZAROVDEN (St. Lazarus’ Day)
4/12/2014 8:00:00 AM
Name day for everyone having the name of Lazar, Lazo, Lazarina, Lara.
Plovdiv hosts Vinaria 2014 International fair
4/2/2014 10:00:00 AM
VINARIA, the International Exhibition of Vine Growing and Wine Producing opens today