Traditions & NameDays

As early as 7000 years B.C., 3000 years before the Egyptians, traders from this land, now known as Bulgaria, had crossed up and down the Mediterranean. This long and winding history gave a source of not only great national pride but also an inspiration for a new national spirit. Much has perished through all these millennia, but even more has remained - a rich spiritual world which will shower you with the colours, rhythms and melodious songs of living Bulgarian folklore, the unfading beauty of Bulgarian arts and crafts, the gaiety and vivacity of Bulgarian festivals and customs, the piquant taste of Bulgarian cuisine and the delicate fragrance of Bulgarian wines.

Plovdiv region and the city, villages and towns therein, with its remnants of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman civilizations, count among their wealth an unusually diverse culture, parts of which have remained unchanged for centuries. In this section of Plovdiv Guide, we offer you a trip through the land which has been so richly endowed by God with elegant beauty and invite you to discover its traditions, customs and rituals.
Name day of everyone named Galabin, Galabina....
ST. THEKLA - September 24
According to ancient Syrian and Greek manuscripts, Saint Thekla was born into a prosperous pagan family in the Lycaonian city of Iconium (present-day south central Turkey) in A.D. 16. When she was 18 ...
Name day of Elisaveta (BG for Elizabeth)....
POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy  Protection of Mother of God) - October 1
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 ...
Name day of Avram (BG for Abraham)....
PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday) - October 14
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 sh...
ST. LUKE, Holy Apostle and Evangelist; ST. ZLATA of Muglen - October 18
Name day of everyone named Louka, Loukan, Zlatka, Zlatko, Zlatimir/a, Zlatyu.The name Zlatka, Zlatko means “golden, made of gold” – therefore, according to the tradition, people should take out th...
DIMITROVDEN  (St. Demetrius’s Day) - October 26
Name day of everyone named Dimiter, Dimitrina, Dimo, Mitra, Dragan, Drago, Dimka. According to traditional concepts, that day (called Dimitrovden or Mitrovden) marks the beginning of winter. “St G...
MISHINDEN  (Mouse Feastday); St. Nestor’s Day - October 27
Name day of everyone named Nestor.The day is honoured by women. They are forbidden to do any household work, otherwise mice would harm the house and the  grain. They sew up the front and the ...
Name day of Latchezar, Lachezara....