Current News

Current News

Today is the feastday of ST. MENAS (also: Minas), St. Victor and St. Vicentius

Today is the feastday of ST. MENAS (also: Minas), St. Victor and St. Vicentius

11/11/2019 9:00:00 AM

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 Christian and an Egyptian by birth, served in the Roman army under the tribune Firmilian. When the army came to Cotyaeus in Phrygia, Menas hearing of the impious edicts issued against the Christians by the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian left the army, retired to a solitude in the mountains and served God by fasting vigils and prayer.

During tbe celebration of a great festival, Menas appeared in the midst of tbe populace in the circus, and fearlessly professed bis faith. He was led before tbe prefect Pyrrhus, cruelly scourged, put to torture and finally beheaded. His body was brought to Egypt and the martyr was soon invoked in many needs and afllictions.

The fame of the miracles wrought, spread far and wide and thousands of pilgrims came to the grave in the desert of Mareotis between Alexandria and the valley of Natron. For centuries Bumma (Karm-Abum-Abu Mina) was a national sanctuary and grew into a large city with costly temples a holy well, and baths. A beautiful basillca was erected by the Emperor Arcadius. Tbe cult was spread into other countries, perhaps by travelling merchants who honoured him as their patron. As a result of various vicissitudes the doctrinal disputes and the conquest of Egypt by the Arabians under Omar in 641 the sanctuary was neglected and ultimately forgotten. His feast is celebrated on 11 November.

Several saints of the name Menas were highly honoured in the ancient Church about whose identity or diversity much dispute is raised. Some came to the conclusion that Menas of Mareotis, Menas of Cotyaes, and Menas of Constantinople, surnamed Kallikelados, are one and the same person, that he was an Egyptian and suffered martyrdom in his native place, that a basilica was built over his grave which became one of the great sanctuaries of Christendom, that churches were built in his honour at Cotyaeus and Constaninople, and gave rise to local legends.

International Kissing Day
International Kissing Day
7/6/2020 11:00:00 AM
Today is International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day. As the author of The Science of Kissing, what better way to celebrate than to share some fascinating facts about kissing:
 125 years of the bloody murder of Stefan Stambolov (January 31 1854 – July 6 1895)
Stambolov was born on January 31st, 1854, in the town of Veliko Turnovo. His ancestors originated from the small town of Tryavna.
SUMMER ATANASSOVDEN
SUMMER ATANASSOVDEN
7/5/2020 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Atanas, Atanaska (although they rather celebrate on January 18th of each year).
July Morning- once again on the seashore with Uriah Heep
The sun rises every day, but it is probably only on 1 July that the sunrise is given a rapturous welcome accompanied by beer, rock music and bonfires.
ST. COSMAS AND ST. DAMIAN Feastday (The Holy Healers Day)
The day of the Christian saints Cosmas and Damian (in BG version: Kozma and Damyan) is considered a very big feastday.
Today is PAVLYOVDEN (ST. PAUL’s Day)
Name day of everyone named  Pavel, Pavlina, Polya.
Today is PETROVDEN (ST. PETER S Day)
Name day of everyone named Peter, Penka, Kamen, Pencho, Peyo, Pesho, Petrana, Petrana; also Assen, Assya, Apostol, Krum, Chavdar
Ivan Vazov (June 27, 1850 - September 22, 1921)
Ivan Vazov was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright. He was born in Sopot, a town situated in the Rose valley of Bulgaria.
World Drug Fighting Day
World Drug Fighting Day
6/26/2020 9:17:00 AM
It is better to treat drug addicted rather than punish them - that is the change in the legal system the Plovdiv "Mothers against Drugs" Association stands for.
Today is ENYOVDEN  (Midsummer Day)
Today is ENYOVDEN (Midsummer Day)
6/24/2020 9:00:00 AM
This ancient Bulgarian ritual is considered the turning point in the mythological calendar of the ancient people -a ritual connected to the summer Equinox, when the day is longest and...