Current News

Current News

ANINDEN (St. Anna’s Day - the Conception of the Holy Mother of God by Saint Anna)

ANINDEN (St. Anna’s Day - the Conception of the Holy Mother of God by Saint Anna)

12/9/2023 8:00:00 AM

Name day of everyone named Anna, Ana, Anita, Aneta, Anette.

In the folk legends Saint Anna, the mother of Virgin Mary, is the protector of marriage, the family, virginity, pregnant women and the widows. Therefore, on that day, women are not supposed to work, and men don’t go outside their village, otherwise mermaids would fall in love with them. In the evening men burn dry ox dung in front of the door to drive away evil spirits from the house.

Women rub the udders of cows, sheep and goats with wood ashes, garlic and fat. The domestic birds are kept closed to be protected against magic. The young girls put a plate of salt and wheat under the oven, cover it with a white cloth and in the morning feed the cattle with it for health. If a man enters the house first, it is believed the newly born animals during the year will be male. This explains why women usually hurry to visit their neighbors first. This is the day of all medicine men and women. It is the nameday of Anna, Anita, Aneta and all derivatives (the name Anna means “blessing” in Hebrew).

St. Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary, was the youngest daughter of the priest Nathan from Bethlehem, descended from the tribe of Levi. She married St. Joachim, who was a native of Galilee. For a long time St. Anna was childless, but after twenty years, through the fervent prayer of both spouses, an angel of the Lord announced to them the Conception of a Daughter, Who would bring blessing to the entire human race. The Conception by St. Anna took place at Jerusalem, where also the Most Holy Virgin was born. The majority of icons dedicated to the Conception by St. Anna, portray the Most Holy Virgin trampling the serpent underfoot.

In the icons, Sts. Joachim and Anna are usually depicted with hands folded in prayer; their eyes are also directed upward and they contemplate the Mother of God, Who stands in the air with outstretched hands; under Her feet is an orb encircled by a serpent (symbolizing the devil), which strives to conquer all the universe by its power. There are also icons of St. Anna holding the Most Holy Virgin on her left arm as an infant. St. Anna\\\\'s face has a look of reverence. From ancient times this Feast was especially venerated by pregnant women in the whole Orthodox Christian world.

A bikers' gathering in Plovdiv
A bikers' gathering in Plovdiv
7/6/2003 12:00:00 AM
Bikers Drained 7,000 Bottles of BeerMotors roaring, hard rock, beer and grill galore, responsive girls, this is what a bikers' gathering is. The biggest is in Plovdiv. The Wind's Sons...
Just an attempt to save the real beauty of Plovdiv
Plovdiv ? the city that has managed to preserve the very dawn of the human civilization. You could sense that any time when you touch the stones used to built the glorious ancient theatre of Philip...
Foreigners Went Crazy about Safari in Strandja
The four-crown Magnoliite Hotel in Primorsko, owned by Albena AD offers jeep-safari. The track is 25 km long running through steep mountain hills and brooks. The group consists of 30 tourists. The ...
2 Important News for Foreign Tourists...
1. Regular flights from Sofia to Bourgas 3 times per WeekFrom July 4 on, Hemus Air airlines will carry out regular flights from Sofia to Bourgas, said Dimitar Pavlov, CEO of the airlines. On Mo...
The news in the end of June'2003
6/30/2003 12:00:00 AM
1. 2-Km-Long Chain Dance Woundon the Bulgaria square in Smolyan, Bulgarian National Television released. The town in the Rhodope Mountains hosted the 13th edition of the Orpheus Celebrations th...
Unforgettable Emil Chakarov
6/27/2003 12:00:00 AM
He was Conductor of the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.The conductor must set his mark on the orchestra. This is what Maestro Emil Chakarov used to say. On June 29 he would have had his 56th bi...
KCM-Plovdiv-a public firmed family holiday-28th of June, 2003
The Non-ferrous Metals Smelter (KCM SA) is situated on the 900 decare site between Plovdiv and Assenovgrad. KCM-40 years of development and the position of the biggest producer of non-ferrous metal...
The Plovdiv Verdi Festival 2003
The Plovdiv Verdi Festival 2003
6/25/2003 12:00:00 AM
International prestige is credited to a number of Bulgarian music festivals, not the least of which is the Plovdiv Verdi Festival. It has become a favorite summertime tradition. The Verdi Festival ...
23-26 June ? Visit of General Jeremy McKenzie
General Sir Jeremy McKenzie, consultant to Bulgaria's Defence Ministry and General Staff on armed forces reform and on Bulgaria's accession to NATO, is to pay an official visit to Bulgaria June 23-26....
100 Levs For a Weekend in the Bulgarian mountain resort
The tourist's flow in Bansko does not run dry in summer. In private lodgings an accommodation costs from 6 to 8 levs, a double-bed room in two-crown family hotels costs 25 to 30 levs, in three-crown h...