Ilinden - Holidays

Ilinden - Holidays 

Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors Saint Prophet Elijah on July 20. This day is one of the most celebrated holidays of the Bulgarian people. Many Orthodox churches and monasteries in the country, especially in Southwestern Bulgaria, bear his name. Believers honor the saint who is patron of the lightning and thunder and protect farmers from crop fires. St. Elijah the prophet brings rain and moisture and protect life. Because of the power possessed by our people called him Elijah Garmodolets, Garmolomnik, Gramovnik. In folk he rides across the sky with a golden chariot, which sends fiery darts. In the Bulgarian folk calendar Ilinden is the largest summer festival during harvest and threshing. Prazdnuvat fur, leather and baker, as Saint Elijah was their patron.

Celebrate Elijah Ilian, Ilko and Iliana.

Besides St. Elijah the Prophet to Bulgarian holiday is connected with brutally repressed uprising in 1903 Ilinden - Transfiguration Uprising.

 

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