Things to Know
Introduction To Bulgaria
The Cyrillic Alphabet & Bulgarian Language
Bulgarian Food & Cuisine
Beauty in the past of Bulgaria
Figures of Plovdiv
History of Plovdiv
Traditions & NameDays
Easter Bunny History
Easter Bunny History
4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season.
The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have it's origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. These were made of pastry and sugar.
The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs.
The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country.
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.