Current News

Current News

Today is PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday)

Today is PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday)

10/14/2021 8:00:00 AM

Name day of everyone named Paraskeva, Petko, Petyo, Petka, Petkana, Penka, Pencho.

One of the most loved Bulgarian Saints is St. Paraskeva (called Petka) who lived in Epivat the XI century. When she was a young girl she heard in church the words from the Gospel: “The one who wants to follow me must renounce from himself, must take his cross and follow me!”  These words of Jesus Christ moved deeply Petka. She pondered over them and decided to fulfill them.

After her parents passed away, Petka decided to dedicate her life to God and she settled in the Irakliiski monastery. She spent 5 years of fasting, praying and weeping there. When these 5 years rolled away, Petka left the monastery and went to the Holy lands of Palestine and settled in the Jordanian desert. Some time later she returned to her native town Epivat, but did not find any of her relatives alive. For two years she lived in the “St. Apostles” temple in Epivat where she spent her day and night in humble prayers.

Once while praying to God, her spirit was taken to the heavenly realm. The citizens of Epivat buried her as a foreigner outside the town. The place where her holy remains were buried became famous as a place of miracles: blind people started seeing again, crippled men started walking again, those suffering from incurable diseases recovered miraculously.

In the XIII century Ivan Asen II carried the holy remains of Petka Paraskeva to Turnovo. Later when the Turks conquered the Bulgarian capital the remains of the Saint were taken to Vidin. After the Turks took Vidin the holy remains were carried to Serbia. In 1521 Suleiman the Magnificent conquered Belgrade and sent the remains of the Saint to Constantinople (called Tzarigrad by the Bulgarians). A century later they were handed to the Romanian ruler Yo Vassilii. Even today the holy remains of the Saint rest in peace in the town of Iash, Romania.

Today the memory of St. Petka is honored in Eastern European countries. The day of her death, October 14, is the Feastday of several Bulgarian towns (Tvarditsa, Nova Zagora and Apriltsi).

 

Good Friday (also Holy Friday)
Good Friday (also Holy Friday)
4/30/2021 8:00:00 AM
The Holy Friday marks the respect of the entire Christian world to the crucified Jesus.
Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday
4/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
Holy Thursday is the day when all women are supposed to color bright eggs for Easter family gathering.
Easter thoughts on Christ and his resurrection - the Turin shroud
Around Easter people always think and talk about miracles and the resurrection of Christ. The story of the Turin Shroud is one of the miraculous stories we have to accept and not seek for expalnati...
Easter Bunny History
Easter Bunny History
4/27/2021 9:00:00 AM
The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore.
HOLY WEEK before Easter
HOLY WEEK before Easter
4/26/2021 8:00:00 AM
Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
TSVETNITSA - VRUBNITSA (Palm Sunday)
Name day of everyone named after a flower, bush or tree (Tsvetelina, Lilia, Yavor, Yassen, Roza, Iglika, Violeta, Varban, Latinka, Temenuga, Karamfila, Zdravko, Kamelia etc).
Today is LAZAROVDEN (St. Lazarus’ Day)
Name day for everyone having the name of  Lazar, Lazo, Lazarina, Lara.
World Book and Copyright Day
World Book and Copyright Day
4/23/2021 6:00:00 AM
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
Earth Day
Earth Day
4/22/2021 11:00:00 AM
Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.
Anniversary of the April Uprising
Anniversary of the April Uprising
4/20/2021 9:00:00 AM
Various initiatives throughout Bulgaria are to mark today the 143. anniversary since the April Uprising.