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Traditions & NameDays
FORTY HOLY MARTYRS
FORTY HOLY MARTYRS
3/9/2012 1:03:39 PM
According to the Bulgarian national traditions, it is believed that land is getting warmer and ready to be cultivated. That day, the sun is turning to the summer and the weather becomes warmer and all insects, snakes and lizards get out of their hidden places. Therefore, the ritual sending away of all the snakes and lizards is a central issue in the traditional rituals of that day. Fire is started and people jump over it, hitting iron objects and performing all kinds of rites to preserve themselves from the reptiles. Bread is baked and then handed away for health of people and of oxen as well.
Orthodox Church celebrates that day as the church feast of the 40 soldiers from the Armenian regiment of the town of Sebaste (Sebastia), who died for their faith after terrible torturing during the persecutions of Christians by the Roman Emperor Licinius (4th century AD).
The names of the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste were the following: Kyrion, Candidus, Domnus, Hesychios, Heraklios, Smaragdos, Eunoikos, Valens, Bibianus, Claudius, Priscus, Theodoulos, Eutychios, John, Xanthios, Helianus, Sisinios, Aggias, Flavius, Aetius, Akakios, Ekdikios, Lysimachos, Alexander, Iles, Gorgonios, Theophilos, Dometian, Gaius, Leontius, Athanasios, Cyril, Sacerdon, Nicholas, Valerius, Philoktemon, Severian, Choudion, Meliton and Meletios (+ ca. 320)
ANINDEN (St. Anna’s Day - the Conception of the Holy Mother of God by Saint Anna)
12/9/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Anna, Ana, Anita, Aneta, Anette.
33 years ago John Lennon was killed on that day...
12/8/2013 10:00:00 AM
Former Beatle John Lennon has been shot dead December 8th, 1980, by a gunman he did not know, who opened fire outside the musician's New York apartment.
December 8th - the Day University Students celebrate as their feastday
12/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
The start of that special feast goes back to the 1920, and is connected to the then-only BG University - the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski.
207 years of the first early Bulgarian printed book
12/7/2013 8:00:00 AM
In 1806 the first early Bulgarian book Nedelnik (Kiriakodromion) written by Sofronii of Vratsa was printed.
NIKULDEN (St. Nicholas the Wonderworker)
12/6/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day for everyone named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina, Nina.
ST. SAVA (also: St. Savva or St. Sabbas the Sanctified)
12/5/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Sava, Slavka, Slav, Vladislav, Slavi.
ST. VARVARA (St. Barbara) - December 4
12/4/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Varvara, Barbara.
World AIDS Day
12/1/2013 9:00:00 AM
The ends of the red ribbon are pointed to the ground today, symbolizing the life that is disappearing.
Today is St.Andrews Day
11/30/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Andrey, Andriana (the name has the meaning “masculine”, therefore “strong”).
KATERININDEN (St. Catherines Day)
11/24/2013 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Ekaterina, Katerina, Katya.