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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.
Wine and liquor tasting in Plovdiv
3/10/2014 11:00:00 AM
A wine and liquor tasting fair has gone underway in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city.
Today is the Holocaust Day and the Victims of Crimes against Humanity Day
3/10/2014 10:00:00 AM
Bulgaria commemorates today “The Holocaust Day and the Victims of Crimes against Humanity Day”, appointed by a decree of the BG Ministerial Council on Feb.13th, 2003, which was celebrated for the first time ever that same year.
3/8/2014 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Todor, Todorka, Teodor/a, Theo, Dora.
International Women’s Day
3/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
Bulgaria marks The International Women’s Day – March 8
AGRA 2014 opens today
3/4/2014 11:16:00 AM
This year's International Agricultural Exhibition AGRA, the most renowned agriforum in the Balkans and Southeastern Europe, will showcase the new stage in the development of the sector, marking the end of the crisis and the beginning of an upturn.
March 3rd - the National Day of Bulgaria
3/3/2014 8:00:00 AM
What happened on that day and how long has it been celebrated? The San Stefano Peace Treaty between Russia and the Ottoman Empire was signed on February 19th (March 3rd, ...
SIRNI ZAGOVEZNI (Shrove Sunday/ Cheese Fasting)
3/2/2014 8:00:00 AM
Ritual table: cheese pastry, rite bread, cheese pumpkin, eggs, white halvah with nuts, fish.
Today is the BABA MARTA DAY
3/1/2014 8:00:00 AM
If you by any chance visit Bulgaria on the first day of March you are certain to notice almost every person decorated with small tokens made from red and white woollen threads.
MESNI ZAGOVEZNI (Meat Fasting Day)
2/23/2014 9:00:00 AM
Mesni Zagovezni (Meat Fasting Day) - celebrated 8 Sundays before Easter. After the All Souls; Day (Goliama Zadoushnitsa) on Saturday, the following day, Sunday, people celebrate the Orthodox Chur...
Today is ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day)
2/22/2014 8:00:00 AM
ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day):