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St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
7/20/2015 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.
ST. HARALAMBOS (Charalambos) the Martyr
2/10/2016 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Haralampij, Haralambi, Hari, Harry, Valentin/a, Valery, Valeria.
Hristo Stoichkov turns 50!
2/8/2016 9:00:00 AM
The Bulgarian football star Hristo Stoichkov turns 50!
MEETING OF THE LORD
2/2/2016 9:00:00 AM
The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord is among the most ancient feasts of the Christian Church.
WOLF DAYS - February 2-3
2/2/2016 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone names Simeon, Simeonka, Simona, Moncho (February 3rd).
2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Trifon, Trifonka, Lozan
Anniversary of the birth of Baba Vanga, the world-famous BG prophet and clairvoyant
1/31/2016 9:00:00 AM
Baba Vanga, born Vangelia Goushterova, (31 January 1911 - 11 August 1996) was a famous Bulgarian prophet that lived in the Rupite area in Rila Mountain, Bulgaria.
Stefan Stambolov (1854 - 1895) was born on that day
1/31/2016 8:00:00 AM
He is the most enthusiastically praised and the most violently denounced politician in Bulgaria's modern history, and what could be a better proof that his extraordinary personality.
Tzar Peter, son of Simeon the Great died on that day in 969 year
1/30/2016 8:00:00 AM
Tzar Peter, son of Simeon the Great died on that day in 969 year.
ST. GREGORY the Theologian
1/25/2016 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Grigor, Grigorina, Grisha (which means "being on the alert, staying awake").
Gotse Delchev (1872-1903) was born on that date
1/23/2016 8:00:00 AM
"I conceive the world as a place for cultural competition between nations"