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.
ST. ALEXANDER NEVSKI - November 23
Name day of everyone named Alexander, Alexandra, Sasho, Sashka, Tsanko. The name derives from Old Greek, having the meaning of “protector of the men”.The son of Grand Prince Yaroslav II of Vladimi...
KATERININDEN (St. Catherine’s Day) - November 24
Name day of everyone named Ekaterina, Katerina, Katya.The holiday of Saint Martyr Catherine is called Katerininden (Catherine’s Day) in Bulgaria. People pay homage to this saint for her abilities ...
St. Kliment Ohridski  - November 25
Name day of everyone named Kliment.On November 25 Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors St. Kliment, archibishop of Ohrid, one of the First Teachers of Bulgarian language and literacy. He was an eminen...
ANDREEVDEN (St. Andrew, the First-Called) - November 30
Name day of everyone named Andrey, Andriana (the name has the meaning “masculine”, therefore “strong”).Bulgarians call it “Bear’s Day”. And legends tell that: Once upon a time, long time ago, in a...
ST. VARVARA (St. Barbara) - December 4
Name day of everyone named Varvara, Barbara.In the Strandzha Mountain there is a saying: “Varvara boils, Sava (Sabbas) kneads, Nicholas treats the guests!” St. Varvara’s Day sets the beginning of ...
ST. SAVA  (also: St. Savva or St. Sabbas the Sanctified) - December 5
Name day of everyone named Sava, Slavka, Slav, Vladislav, Slavi. The name Sava comes from the Old Greek for ‘Saturday’ (having the meaning of “foreseeing”).In folk legends this is the holiday of s...
NIKULDEN  (St.  Nicholas the Wonderworker) - December 6
Name day for everyone named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina, Nina.Ritual dishes for the day: “ribnik”*, rite bread; meatless dishes such as corn, boiled wheat, stuffed cabb...
ANINDEN (St. Anna’s Day - the Conception of the Holy Mother of God by Saint Anna) - December  9
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 wi...
SPYRIDONOVDEN (St. Spyridon’s Day) - December 12
Name day of everyone named Spyridon or Spiro.In some villages the holiday is called “Conception” Day. It is observed by women and mostly by those who will give birth soon. That day the young bride...
Name day of Snezhana, Snezha...