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St. Basil the Great - Holidays - 01 January 2018

St. Basil the Great - Holidays

Church honors St. Basil the Great. On 1 January to honor the great saint of Christianity, St. Basil the Great - one of the three Ecumenical Orthodox teachers, a prominent opponent of the Arian heresy. To him belongs the idea of active charity and good as the expression and realization of Christ's love and forgiveness.  Basil was born in 330 in the city of Caesarea (Cappadocia), in the splendid situation Byzantine family. Rich, was crowded and respected his family. His relatives believed God made many good people. Basil himself as a child was incredibly smart and talented. Trained in the most elite schools, fifteen years studying in Athens. Taught in his native eloquence. 30 years of friendship and support of St. Gregory the Theologian is devoted to contemplation and was baptized...

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Stefanov days - Holidays - 27 December 2017

Stefanov days - Holidays

On December 27, honoring the memory of St. Stephen - one of the seven disciples of Jesus Christ, first archdeacon and first martyr of the Christian faith. This is the third day of Christmas, which celebrate all named Stephen, Stephen, Sarah, Stoyan, Stands, Stanka, Stoicho,Stand, Stoichko, Tsonyo, Zapryan, Tsonka. Statistics show that Stephen was among the most popular names in Bulgaria. In translation it means "crown", so to celebrate this day and Ventsislav Ventsislava. Tradition maintains that this holiday "closed circle" of the old year. The family gathers around a common table with meat dishes. Traditionally, the table must include pork with sauerkraut and meat pie. Stefan is one of the seven disciples of Jesus, chosen immediately after his resurrection, to take...

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Christmas Eve - Little Christmas - Holidays - 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve - Little Christmas - Holidays

Little Christmas or Christmas Eve is one of the holy family holidays. The whole day passes in preparation for the evening meal, which is necessarily lean and meals must be 7 or 9 in number (as there are days in the week and months of pregnancy).Evening around the table to break bread, the first piece is about Mary, the second house is the third - a grandmother, and so to the smallest member of the family. Boiled wheat with raisins and walnuts are best wishes for happy and rich life in the New Year. Mature beans is put to a household sieve. Stuffed leaves and stuffed peppers are a wish for good harvest of vegetables. Dried fruits in honor of  fruit  trees. Pot in which boiling dried fruits, is encircling a red thread and health against the evil eye. Christmas Eve is not without walnuts....

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Ignazhden - Holidays - 20 December 2017

Ignazhden - Holidays

December 20 the Orthodox Church celebrates St. Ignatius of Antioch Bishop, who was sentenced to death, thrown to the lions because of their Christian faith Ignatius was the disciple of St. John the Divine. He later became a bishop. Antiochwas his name because he often said - "God is in himself, in his soul." Because of their strong faith and godly living in the Christian law osuzhdenpo the Roman Emperor Trajan. He died a martyr, torn by lions. According to popular belief, this day is the beginning of the year, so in some parts of Bulgaria called New Day. Other names of the holiday were Ignat and Young year. From this point begins the Christmas and New Year holidays. From time immemorial the Bulgarians this time of year is associated with important practices carried out...

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St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - Traditions - 06 December 2017

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - Traditions

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is Mirlikiyski iztochnorimski cleric, Bishop of Myra, a city of Lycia in Lycia. Nicolas Mirlikiyski lifetime is known as an opponent of paganism, and after his death is revered as a saint and protector of sailors and traders Bulgarian name of the saint is Nicholas. "Nicholas" is rusizam, which is imposed after the ecclesiastical reforms of Patriarch Nikon in Russia in 1654 then, the saint's name in Russian is pronounced as "Nicholas" but in Ukrainian - "Mykola". St. Nicholas was born in the second half of III century. His family was rich and splendid situation. His uncle, Bishop of Patras, adopted his nephew in the church and henceforth he would serve him until the end of his days. Tradition tells how...

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