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St.St.Constantine and Helena Feast

St.St.Constantine and Helena Feast

5/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

May 21st is celebrated in Bulgaria as the church feast of St.St.Constatine and Helena. The day is also popular in various places around Bulgaria as the traditional feast of Kostadinovden.

Name day of everyone named Konstantin, Kostadin, Kostadinka, Koycho, Dinko, Elena, Elen, Eli, Elitsa.

May 21st is celebrated in Bulgaria as the church feast of St.St.Constatine and Helena. The day is also popular in various places around Bulgaria as the traditional feast of Kostadinovden. It is celebrated as the last feast of spring and its rituals remind of the coming summer. According to the traditional beliefs, ?Elenka is carrying hail up her sleeve?, or that ?Kostadin and Elena are carrying the hail in a sack?. Therefore, the feast is celebrated against hail.

Throughout the country the feast is celebrated predominantly as a church feast, dedicated to the Emperor Constantine the Great, and his mother Helena. During his reign (306-337) the Milan edict was released (313) declaring Christianity the official state religion. According to the legend, Helena visited Palestine and found the cross of Christ there.

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