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St. Athanasius - Holidays - 18 January 2017

St. Athanasius -  Holidays

"Go Winter, summer is coming!"   Brothers - smiths    A widespread legend presents Bulgarian twin brothers Anton and Atanas brothers-smiths. Many years ago, when the blacksmith tongs were not yet invented, the brothers worked in his forge. Iron burn in the furnace and then the St. Atanas He reached out and grabbed with bare hands. But then I looked at the dog layalo with bent front paws and was instantly enlightened by the idea to craft pliers like the dog legs. Since then the tradition of, the two saints to cherish as patrons of blacksmith craft. In their days blacksmith guilds sacrifice rams or bulls in honor of their patrons and gatherings large tables.    An old legend testifies to the fact that St. Ivan and St. Athanasius are masters of...

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St. Anthony the Great - Holidays - 17 January 2017

St. Anthony the Great - Holidays

On January 17 the Orthodox Church honors St. Anthony the Great, and the holiday is called Antonovden. Anthony - this is an old Roman name, which means "precious, priceless, priceless." But what we know about St. Anthony the Great? Antony the Great was born in Egypt in 251 years of rich and noble parents, who educated him in the Christian faith. At age 18 he lost his parents and left alone with his sister, which was looked after. Solitude of St. Anthony did not happen suddenly. At first he remained close to the city in a devout old man who lived in seclusion. But he soon decided to go further. Asked this old man with him when he and he refuses, said goodbye to him and settled in a remote cave. One of his friends was carrying food. Later, St. Anthony withdrew from settlements, crossed...

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Grandmother's Day - Babinden - Traditions - 08 January 2017

Grandmother's Day - Babinden - Traditions

The day after St. John in Bulgaria is celebrated day, people called Grandmother's Day. It is an ancient festival, still standing today from pagan times. It is dedicated to rural midwives who in olden times were assisting in the birth of children. Usually this holiday is seen as a kind of female response to male holidays Epiphany and St. John. Early on in Babinden old female midwife come women whose children aged 1 to 3 years. Tagava in its courtyard, under fruit trees is performed ritual "washing hands". Young women who have brought with them from home in a bucket of clean water, soap and towel new, watered babata- midwife to wash his hands and then handed her the towel, which she received as a gift. In gift grandmother - are served midwife clothes, fabrics, everything is tumbling...

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St. John's - Holidays - 07 January 2017

St. John's - Holidays

On January 7 (Ivan) Orthodox Church honors John the Baptist, called the Baptist. He predicts the coming of Christ on earth and paving the way for the Messiah to his sermons. People celebrate St. John, and customs associated with purifying power of water. Ritual bathing for health continues as tradition requires sponsors and brothers to"bathe" with water spraying public couple married a year ago. The young family haswelcomed guests to the best man wine, buns, pastry, wine, pudding and roast pork. In folk Saint John the Baptist is the patron of kumstvoto and pobratimstvoto. Lads  bathethe girls are young men bathed and nameday. Masked  Christmas  outfit and go home dirty days.   The table must have boiled wheat, beans, dried fruits,...

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Yordanov days - Holidays - 06 January 2017

Yordanov days - Holidays

On January 6 Epiphany feast sporedpravoslavniya calendar celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Feast of Epiphany is also known under the names Voditsa, Vodokrashti, Epiphany, Men's Day - holiday, which ended so. dirty days. On the eve of Epiphany is made final, third censed dinner. The table again like Christmas Eve are only meatless foods: fresh bread, kolacheta, leaves stuffed with cabbage, stuffed peppers, cabbage, beans, nuts, wine. Walnuts from the New Year break and they are guessing about the future. Jordan is associated with well-known of all Bulgarians believe that the night before the holiday "open skies" "and who now ask for something, it will be fulfilled. The festival itself takes place also consecrated water. After the church...

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