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POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy Protection of Mother of God)

POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy Protection of Mother of God)

10/1/2020 8:43:00 AM
Pokrov, as the feast HOLY PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD  is popular in BG, is a Slavonic term meaning “veil” or “mantle”, signifying protection. This feast today is primarily observed by the Eastern Slavic Churches - Catholic and Orthodox.































































































































The story of the feast goes back to the following legend: The capital city of Byzantium was being threatened by foreign invaders. In fear they invoked the intercession of the Holy Virgin Mary (also called Theotokos, which means Mother of God) at the Church at Blachernae. The people prayed throughout an all-night vigil. During the night, as they prayed, Saint Andrew and his holy disciple Epiphanius saw a vision of the Mother of God entering the main doors of the church. She proceeded to walk toward the holy altar where she knelt down and remained there a while in solemn prayer. Then she arose, removed her veil (“pokrov”) and held it up, stretching it out wide over the people as if to protect them. After that she disappeared. St Andrew and St Epiphanius interpreted the vision as a sign of God's intervention among His people.































































































































Soon thereafter, the enemy invaders retreated. Thus the city was saved. This event has been celebrated ever since each year on October 1, and is known in church-Slavonic as: "Pokrov Presvjatoji Bogorodjtsi" (meaning "Protection of the Most Holy God Mother").
Today is BOGOYAVLENIE / YORDANOVDEN (Epiphany)
Name day of everyone named Yordan/ka (named after the holy river of Jordan), Yonko/a, Daniel/a, Bozhan/a, Bozhil, Boyan/a, Bogdan/a and Bozhidar/a(both meaning "God's gift"), Bogolyub/a, Boncho, Bonka, Bogomil/a (meaning "Dear to God"), Bistra.
The first BG General -  General Major Sava Moutkourov, was born on that day in 1852
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January 2 is SYLVESTROVDEN (St. Sylvester Day)
Name day of everyone named Sylvia, Sylester, Goran, Goritsa
Today is VASSILYOVDEN (aka. St. Vasilij or St. Basil, the Great)
Name day of everyone named Vassil, Vassilka, Vassilena, Vesselina, Vesselin, Vessela, Vessie, Veska, Vulko (the name"Vassiliy" in Greek has the meaning of "regal").
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
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We wish you all tons of love and joy, luck and happiness, success and prosperity for the new year 2021!!!
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More About New Year...
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Did you know that the day we celebrate the New Year on has not always been January 1st?The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays.
STEFANOVDEN (St. Stephen or Stefans Day)
Name day of everyone named Stefan (the name Stefan means 'crown'), Stefanka, Stoil, Stoyo, Stoyka, Stoycho, Stoimen, Stoichko, Stancho, Stanka, Stoyan (Minchev), Stoyanka, Tanyo, Tanya, Tsonko/a, Tsanko/a, Stanimir/a, Stamen, Zapryan/a; Ventsislav/a (also Dec. 30th)....
CHRISTMAS DAY - December 25
CHRISTMAS DAY - December 25
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Name day for: Hristo, Hristina, Christina, Kolio, Bojin, Radostin, Radomir, Mladen.
Some more information on Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is the night before Christmas, when the whole family gathers at a festive dinner with traditionally uneven number of meatless dishes - the more the number is, the richest the year is going to be.
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
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The BG tradition says: The feast starts Dec.24th - the Christmas Eve (or known as Small Christmas). All over Bulgaria koledari (i.e. typically Bulgarian carol singers) go around their neighborhood.