Bulgarian Festivals Month by Month


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JANUARY 
++ - Weather in Bulgarian Folk Lore 
1 - Vassilevden (Saint Vassil’s Day) - Sourvaknitsa Kukeri Carnival Nestinarski dances 
2 - Sylvestrovden - Saint Sylvester's Day - Karamanovden - Rinatchov - Moukovden 
5 - Krustovden (Vodokrust, Nejadka, Popova Koleda) 
6 - Bogoyavlenie - Yordanovden - Saint Yordan’s Day (Epiphany) Tayany (Men's water day) 
7 - Saint Ivan’s Day - Ivanoden (Saint John the Baptist) - Wedding Season Nestinarski 
8 - Babin Den (Midwife’s Day) Grandmother's day 
9 - Saint Tatiana's Day 
13/14 Winter Masquerade Rituals - Surva 
14 - Vassilitsa - the day of Vassil (Basil) 
16 - Yuzhnitsa - Verizhnitsi Feast day - (Sveti Verigi) The chains of Saint Peter 
17 - Saint Anton’s Day (Saint Anthony) Antonovden Nestinarski dances 
18 - Saint Atanas’s Day (Saint Athanasius) Atanasoven Nestinarski dances 
19 - Eslama-gunu - the Feast of the Three Kings - dipping day Nestinarski dances 
20 - Petlyovden - Rooster’s Day (Day of Fertility) - Petelarovden - Ihtima 
20 - Saint Evtimiy, Patriarch of Tarnovo - Saint Euthymius Nestinarski dances 
21 - Grandmother’s Day - childbirth assistance - another Midwife's Day 
21 - Saint Agnes' day 
21 - Saint Maximus the Confessor 
22 - Saint Timothy the Apostle 
24 - Saint Xeni's Day 
25 - Saint Gregory the Theologian 
++ - Fireplace Rituals - folk lore 
++ - Buy a Neighbour, not a House - Bulgarian Wisdom 

FEBRUARY 
++ - The Fox (vixen) in Bulgarian Folklore 
1 - Saint Trifon’s Day (Trifon Zarezan) Wine Festival. Kukeri Carnival. - (Trifuntsi) 
2 - Candlemas - Meeting of the Lord Feast Day - Sretenie Gospodne (Trifuntsi). 
2 - Another Rooster's Day (Trifuntsi) Winter Virgin Mary. 
2/3 - Wolf Days (Trifuntsi) 
3 - Semen Den (Seed’s Day) - Holy Mother (Christ's Mother) (Trifuntsi) 
3 - Saint Simeon's Day (Trifuntsi) 
5 - Saint Agatha (Nameday for Agatha) 
6 - Saint Photius' Day 
8 - Saint Theodor Stratilat 
10 - Saint Haralampi’s Day - Saint Haralambos (Charalambos) the Martyr 
10 - Valentin, Valentina's Day 
11 - Saint Vlas’s Day (Shrove Day) Mooing Day. 
11 - Saint George New of Sofia (Georgi Novi Sofiyski) 
14 - Saint Trifon’s 2nd Day 
14 - Catholic Saint Valentine's Day 
++ - All Souls' Day (Goliama Zadoushnitsa) on Saturday before Mesni Zagovezni 
++ - Mesni Zagovezni (Meat Fasting Day) - 2nd Sunday before Lent 
++ - Sirni Zagovezni - celebrated the first Sunday before Lent 
++ - Koukerovden (Mummers’ Day) - Curs’ Monday Kukeri Carnival. 
++ - Easter Lent / Great Lent (the 40 day Fast before Easter) 
22 - Shrovetide tradition in general 
23/25 - Trimiro - Live All Soul's Day 

MARCH 
++ - Todorovden - Saint Todor’s Day (Horse Easter) 1st Saturday of Easter Lent in March 
1 - Granny Marta’s Day (Martenitsa Day) Granny March's Day (Baba Marta's Day) 
3 - Bulgarian Liberation Day 
4 - Saint Gerasimus' Day 
8 - Ladies' Day 
9 - Saint Saint 40 Holy Martyrs (Svetoto) Mladentsi 
17 - Saint Alexis, the Man of God 
25 - Annunciation (Blagovets - Blagoveshtenie) Cuckoo, Stork and Swallow. 
26 - Holy Archangel Gabriel's Day 
28/31 - Babini Dni - Granny Marta’s 3 last Days 

APRIL 
1 - House of Humour and Satire - Gabrovo - Proverbs and Sins of Bulgaria 
++ - Green Wreaths for Health 
++ - Saint Lazar’s Day - The Saturday before Easter 
++ - Holy Week before Easter How to make Easter eggs 
++ - Palm Sunday (Tsvetnitsa-Vrabnitsa) The first day of Holy Week 
++ - Good Monday - Veliki Ponedelnik 
++ - Holy Tuesday - Veliki Vtornik 
++ - Holy Wednesday - Veliki Sryada 
++ - Holy Thursday - Veliki Chetvartak 
++ - Good Friday - Veliki Petak 
++ - Holy Saturday - Veliki Sabota 
++ - Easter (Velikdensko) Passover Nestinarski dances 
Easter celebration: year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 
Orthodox church 8/4 27/4 19/4 4/4 24/4 15/4 5/5 20/4 12/4 1/5 16/4 
++ - Easter Sunday (the Sunday of the Holy Week) Velikden 
++ - The Week After Easter ( “The Week of Saint Thomas”) 
++ - The Wednesday after Easter and the Mara-Lishanka 
14 - Martinia Feast - Saint Martin’s Day 
20 - Sofinden (Prayers for healthy cattle and no drought) Monday after Tomas Sunday 
25 - Saint Mark's Day 

MAY 
1 - Prophet Jeremiah’s Day - Yeremiaya - Zamski Day (snake day) Nestinarski rituals 
2 - Borisovden (Saint Boris' Day) Pine tree tales. Nestinarski rituals 
5 - Aderlez - Muslim day of agriculture in the Rhodopi mountains 
6 - Gergyovden - Saint Georgi’s Day (Saint George's Day) Nestinarski dances 
11 - Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius' Day 
12 - Saint Gherman’s Day (German - 1st Hail Man) - Butterfly Day 
16 - The Feast of the White Stork in Belozem 
21 - Saint Saint Konstantin and Elena’s Day Nestinarski dances 
21/22/23 - Nestinarski dances on red hot coals 
24 - Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius' Day 
++ - Nymph's Wednesday - the day before Spassovden 
++ - Spassovden (Thursday) - 40 Days after Easter - 
“Ascension Day” - Saint Spas' Day Nestinarski dances 

JUNE ++ - Rose festivals - first week in June 
++ - Zadoushnitsa (All Souls’ Day) 49 days after Easter 
++ - Petdesetnica (50 Days after Easter) Pentecost (Holy Trinity) Nestinarski dances 
++ - Douhovden - Spirit' day (Monday 51 days after Easter) Nestinarski dances 
++ - Roussalya (Holy Ghost) Russalii - Midsummer Week - Roussalka Nedelia 
3/4/5 - Nestinarski dances on red hot coals 
11 - Vartolomey - Saint Bartholomew’s and Saint Barnabas' Day (Varnava) 2nd hail man 
14 - Elissey Feast day - Saint Eliseus (Elisha) - Liseh’s Day, the 3rd hail man 
15 - Vivovden - Vidov Day (4th hail man) 
24 - Enyo’s Day - Enio's Day (Midsummer's Day) Birth of Saint John Nestinarski dances 
29 - Petrovden - Peter’s Day (Saint Apostle Peter and Saint Apostle Pavel -Paul) 
30 - Pavlyovden - Pavlyov’s Day (the Day of the 12 Apostles) - Saint Paul 

JULY 
1 - Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Feast Day (The Holy Healers' Day) Witches 
5 - Summer Atanassovden - Saint Atanasius Harvester Day 
8 - Saint Procopius the Bee-Keeper's Day 
15/16/17 Gorestnitsi - the Dog Days 
15 - Churuta (firstday of the Gorestnitsi) 
16 - Purliga (second day of the Gorestnitsi) 
16 - Saint Julitta and Saint Cyricus 
17 - Saint Marina the Fiery Day (third day of the Gorestnitsi) Nestinarski dances 
20 - Ilinden - Saint Iliya’s Day - Saint Elias' Day - (Saint Elijah’s Day) Nestinarski dances 
22 - Saint Maria Magdalena’s Day 
25 - Saint Anna’s Summer Feast day 
27 - Day of Cyril and Methodius and Their Five Disciples 
27 - Saint Pantelei’s Day - Saint Panteleymon the All-Merciful Nestinarski dances 
28 - Saint Julitta and Saint Cyricus - (old style) 

AUGUST 
1 to 12 - Makavei’s Days - Makaveyan Days 
2 - Saint Elijah’s Day (old style) Nestinarski dances 
6 - Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ Nestinarski dances 
15 - Assumption - Sveta/Goljama Bogoroditsa (Holy Virgin Mary's Day) Nestinarski dances 
18 - Saint Ivan Rilski also called Saint John of Rila - Patron Saint of Bulgaria 
20 - Prophet Samuel's Day 
++ - The Green Forests of Bulgarian Folk-lore 
26 - Saint Adrian and Saint Natalia the Martyrs 
29 - Seknovenie / Equinox (Black Saint John) 
31 - Saint Gennadios - Patriarch of Constantinople 
++ - Working Bee Season - (Communal Work Parties)Love stories, folk-wise 

SEPTEMBER 
1 - Simeonovden - Saint Simon’s Day (Start of the Agricultural New Year) Saint Martha. 
6 - Wave the flag for Bulgaria Day 
8 - Birth of the Holy Virgin - “Nativity of the Theotokos” 
14 - Krustovden (Day of the Holy Cross) Grozdobernik - Grape Harvest Day 
17 - Saint Martyr Sofia’s Day - Vyara, Nadezhda and Lyubov - Faith, Hope and Love 
24 - Saint Thekla's Day 

OCTOBER 
1 - Pokrov Bogorodichen (Holy Protection of Mother of God) 
++ - Chicken Church - first Saturday before Petkovden 
++ - God's Church - first Monday before Petkovden 
14 - Petkovden - Saint Petko’s Day - Saint Petka’s Day (Saint Paraskeva’s Day) 
18 - Saint Zlata of Muglen patron of gold and silversmiths 
18 - Saint Luke, Holy Apostle and Evangelist 
19 - Saint John of Rila - Patron Saint of Bulgaria 
++ - Dimitrovska Zadoushnitsa” (Dimitur's All Souls’ Day) Saturday before Saint Demetrius’ Day 
26 - Saint Dimitur’s Day (Saint Dimitrius of Salonika) Saint Demetrius Nestinarski dances 
27 - Mice Day (Prayers against the evil) Saint Nestor’s Day. 

NOVEMBER 
++ - Archangelska (Goliama) Zadoushnitsa - Great All Souls' Day - Saturday before Michaelmas 
3 - The Day of Saint Pimen Zograph (the Feast Day of Artists) 
8 - Archangelovden - Michaelmas (St Rangel Day) - Archangel Michael's Day 
10 - The Holy Apostles of the 70: Erastus, Olympas, Rodion, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius 
11 - Saint Menas (or Minas), Victor and Vicentius 
11 or 14 - Mratinyak Feast day - evil black spirit 
13 - Koledni Zagovenzi (Christmas Shrove before Christmas Lent) 
14 to 21 - Vultchi Praznitsi/Mratintsi (Wolf Days) 
15 - Forty Day Christmas Fasting starts today 
16 - Saint Matey (Saint Mathew's Day) 
21 - Koutzoulan (The Most Terrible Wolf Day) 
21 - The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother 
23 - Saint Alexander Nevski's Day 
24 - Katerininden (Saint Catherine's Day) 
25 - Saint Kliment Ohridski's Day 
30 - Saint Andrei’s Day - Andreevden (Saint Andrew) Bear's Day Four Paws at Belitsa. 

DECEMBER 
4 - Day of Martyr Saint Varvara -Saint Barbara (Protects against Baba Sharka - Smallpox) 
5 - Saint Sava’s Day (Saint Androgin, Saint Savva or Saint Sabbas the Sanctified) 
6 - Nikulden - Saint Nikolas’ s Day (Saint Nicholas) Nestinarski dances 
9 - Aninden (Saint Anna’s Day - the Conception of the Holy Mother of God by Saint Anna) 
12 - Spyridonovden (Saint Spyridon’s Day) 
17 - Holy Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias, and Misael 
18 - Saint Modestos Day Nestinarski dances 
20 - Ignazhden - Saint Martyr Ignat’s Day (Saint Ignatius, the God-Bearer of Antioch) 
22 - Anastasiyovden - Saint Anastasia - Nastasya the Deadly 
24 - January 1 - Winter and Christmas Feast Days. 
24 - Badni Vecher - Christmas Eve 
25 - Christmas Day - Koleduvane ritual - (Rozhdestvo) 
25 to January 6 - Mrasni Dni / Poganni dni (“Dirty Days”) vampires, goblins and werewolves. 
26 - David, Yosif Name Day (Saint Joseph's Day) Father's Day 
27 - Stefanovden - Saint Stefan's Day (Saint Stephen’s Day) 
31 - New Year's Eve - Kukeri Carnival. 
++ - The Bulgarian Cycle of Life, i.e. Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death.
  



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