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ST. HARALAMBOS (Charalambos) the Martyr
ST. HARALAMBOS (Charalambos) the Martyr
2/10/2015 9:00:00 AM
Honey and beehives are sanctified that day by performing a ritual for health and rich harvest. On St. Haralambos's Day, sick or blind people go to church and pray for healing. According to traditional concepts St. Haralambos is the lord of all illnesses, especially the plague. Doing any housework is strictly forbidden that day, because of the fear of any coming illness. Women are only allowed to bake round bread and decorate it with a cross in the middle and a large wreath at the edge for health. Honey is consecrated in the local church and then all the bread is coated with that honey. The rest of the honey is kept in the house as a remedy. According to the belief, St. Haralambos blesses the land and it gets warmer and ready to be cultivated.
St. Haralambos died as a martyr in 198 AD in the town of Magnesia (in Thessaly) where he was a bishop. He was tortured to death but endured all pain taking it as the victory over the evil and the flesh. In the icons he was presented as the lord of the illness, which he kept in nine chains or held in a bottle.
The Plovdiv bohemian ?Nacho the Culture?
10/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
(A shortened version of Elitsa Kandeva?s article in the 24 Hours newspaper)When somebody mentions Plovdiv, there is immediately an association with the name ?Nacho the Culture?. His re...
A paintings exhibition by a poet
10/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
Boris Rokanov was born in 1961 in the town of Kyustendil, in the western part of Bulgaria. He is author of several books of poetry: ?Presentiments? (1989), ?My Game? (1993), ?From B to R? (1995), ?...
Flower Autumn'2003 (15.10.2003 - 19.10.2003)
10/16/2003 12:00:00 AM
Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equipment and SuppliesAt the moment, Plovdiv hosts the traditional Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equi...
Book exhibition-and-sale at the Ivan Vazov National Library. 25 photo-exhibitions in the Old Town.
10/15/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on newspapers articles)A book exhibition-and-sale will open today, Oct.15th, at 11 am, in the lobby of the Ivan Vazov National Library. The exhibition is running under...
EURO 2003 (European Chess Championship in Plovdiv) with the participation of 161 grand chess-masters
10/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
At the moment, in Pavilion 3 of the International Plovdiv Fair, takes place the European chess championship for teams. The championship started last Saturday, Oct.11th, and will close on Oct.20th. ...
Interest for building of hydroelectric power stations in the region
10/13/2003 12:00:00 AM
Water Reservoir Administration of the southeastern region of Plovdiv is subordinate to the Ministry of Environment and Waters. Its main goal is to issue licences for water-usage and usage of water ...
Forthcoming cultural events in Plovdiv
10/10/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on publications in the local newspapers)\r\nWe would like to inform you about three of the forthcoming cultural events in our city: 1. The Golden ...
A Bulgarian film chosen to compete for an Oscar Nomination in the ?Best Foreign-Country Film? Category
10/9/2003 12:00:00 AM
(In the today?s issue of the Maritsa newspaper we can read an extensive interview of the journalist Dessislava Hadjieva with the film director Ivan Nichev about his film latest ?Travelling to Jerus...
Dzhendem Tepe Hill ? an idea for its preservation and future
10/8/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper)The Hills of Plovdiv are much more than just a natural phenomenon. They have always taken part in the life of the city and intend to be a part of i...
The German tourists back to the Rhodope resorts
10/7/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper)\r\n After a ten-year break, the leading German tour-operator TUI starts sending German tourists to Pamporovo again. Contracts have been si...