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.
ARCHANGELSKA (GOLIAMA) ZADOUSHNITSA (Great All Souls’ Day) - the Saturday before Michaelmas
The Great All Souls’ Day (also called Michaelmas All Souls’ Day) is the first Saturday before Michaelmas. It is not only the last All Souls' Day for the year, but also the largest one. Peopleare ...
ARCHANGELOVDEN (Archangel Michael's Day)  -  November 8
Name day of everyone named Angel, Angelina, Mihaill, Gavrail, Radka, Radko, Raina, Ognian, Plamen, Emilia, Emil.Ceremonial table: Rite bread, red wine, lamb.The Christian holiday “Council of S...
The Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Erastus, Olympas, Rodion, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius (lived during the first century) - November 10
Name day of Milan, Minka, Minko, Mincho.St. Rodion was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul, and left the bishop's throne at Patras to go to Rome with the Apostle Peter. St. Olympas, mentioned by th...
ST. MENAS (or MINAS), Victor and Vicentius - November 11
Name day of everyone named Mina, Minka, Mincho; Victor, Victoria; Vikentij.St.Menas (also: Minas) was a martyr under Diocletian, born about about 295. According to the Greek Acts, Menas, a Ch...
MRATINYAK  -  November 11 or 14
Name day of everyone named Mincho, Minka, Filip, Philip. That feastday is celebrated as a blood offering to appease the Mratinyak – according to the traditional beliefs, an evil black spirit, all ...
KOLEDNI ZAGOVEZNI (Christmas Shrove before Christmas Lent) - November 13
After the Great All Souls’ Day and Michaelmas, there comes Christmas Shrove - the last day you can eat meat before Christmas. This is the name of the day before Christmas Fast begins. The mo...
VULTCHI PRAZNITSI / MRATINTSI  (Wolf Days) -  14–21 November
In the past the Thracians paid homage to the wolf as a warrior and leader of a military band of fighters - but rather a warrior who has broken the rules and has become the leader-king of outlaws. Some...
November 15th, 2006, starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting
November 15th, 2006, starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting, introduced by the Church later than the Holy Fasting for Easter. In 1166 the Patriarch of Constantinople, Luke Chrysoberges, defined the Chr...
ST. MATEY (St. Mathew’s Day) - November 16
Name day of everyone named Matey.St. Matthew (meaning "gift of God") was identified as a tax collector, and was of Jewish race. In the other accounts of his meeting with Jesus, he is cal...
Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother  - November 21
The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother, according to Holy Tradition, this took place in the following manner: the parents of the Virgin Mary, Righteous Joachim and Anna, praying ...