"Celerating Name Days in Bulgaria" Top 5 Page for this destination Bulgaria Local Custom Tip by hekate
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Since the most of the Bulgarian population claims to be Orthodox Christians we do have the custom to celebrate name days. A Name Day is a day of the year set aside on the calendar of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to celebrate the name and life of a certain Saint. Everyone named after that specific saint has cause for celebration, somewhat similar to a birthday. Even worse, more people then to know your name day even if they keep forgetting your birthday.
What happens on your name day in Bulgaria?
The tradition is that the person who is supposed to be celebrating should expect guests. That is the main idea – you do not invite the people, basically anyone who remembered that you have a name day can come along and stay as much as he / she likes. In most cases you will get a gift but it is not a must.
What you should do is to be at home ready and prepare yourself for long and exausting celebration involving lots of eating and drinking, depends on the average age and the company probably a lot of dancing as well. At least it was the case some years ago. Nowadays, people tend to invite their guests out to a pub, restaurant or a club thus limiting the number of the guests, the costs related t this and also helps to put some reasonable time frames as well.
What does it come down to?
As you can see from the introduction the name day celebrations started as religious celebration, at present it is just another occasion to have some fun and spend time with friends. People sometimes do not know much about the saints that they are supposed to be celebrating on the respective day.
So, I decided to dedicate the local customs section of my Bulgaria page mostly to the explanation of the name days celebrated in Bulgaria and I had also tried to collect some info about the saints that we celebrate, not only for you who are not Bulgarians but for my country fellows as well.
If you are not interested in name days and their celebration, you’d better skip this section :)
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