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Traditions and celebrations

Traditions and celebrations with Hadjidraganov's Cellars Restaurant

The Day of the People's Awakeners

Every year, on November 1, Bulgaria celebrates the Day of the People's Awakeners - an all-Bulgarian holiday, marking the work of the Bulgarian educators, writers and revolutionaries - awakeners of the reviving national spirit, striving for education and literature.


On January 7, Bulgarians celebrate Ivanovden - a people's and religious holiday, celebrating the memory of St. John the Baptist - the last old-time prophet and baptist of Jesus.

Epiphany - St.Jordan-day (6 January)

On 6 January the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Epiphany holiday.

Christian Family Day

On November 21, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Virgin.

May 11 - Day of the Holy Equality Apostles and Enlighteners Cyril and Methodius

On May 11 the Bulgarian people honored the holy apostles and enlighters Cyril and Methodius. This day was established during the Renaissance as an important day of the Bulgarian festive system - a day of honor to the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius - creators and distributors of the first Slavic alphabet - the Glagolitic.

Trifon Zarezan, the day of the vine and the wine

On February 14 (February 1 in new style), Bulgarians celebrate Trifon Zarezan - one of the oldest customs in the Bulgarian folk calendar. This is a labor custom associated with the first year of the vines processing - the spring incision.


Babinden (The Day of the baba or the Day of the midwife) is a traditional Bulgarian feast, celebrated on 8 January (21 January according to the Gregorian calendar), in honour of the women practicing midwifery.

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18 July 1837 - the birth of the Apostle of Freedom

On July 18, 1837, one of the most courageous heroes of Bulgaria was born, leaving a bright trail in the memory of Vassil Levski. He is a genius theorist and revolutionary, strategist and organizer of the Bulgarian national liberation movement in the 60s and 70s of the 19th century.

The Day of All Bulgarian Saints

On this day, the Bulgarian people pay tribute to all the historical figures living on our lands, who are canonized for saints.

St. Theodore's Day (Todorovden)

St. Theodore's Day is celebrated six days after Shrovetide.

HAPPY BABA MARTA (Chestita Baba Marta!) Lots of happiness, health and luck!

HAPPY BABA MARTA (Chestita Baba Marta!) Lots of happiness, health and luck!

Shrovetide - a celebration of forgiveness (Sirni Zagovezni)

The holiday Shrovetide is widespread in Bulgaria. On this day believers to purify their souls to meet in peace and love hearts to meet the Risen Christ.

February 19: Bulgarians Bow to National Hero Vasil Levski

In February 19, the Bulgarian people worship the work of Vasil Levski - the Apostle of Freedom.

St. Trifon's Day (Day of the grower)

St. Trifon's Day (Day of the grower) is a Bulgarian national holiday in honor of St. Tryphon. Celebrate it winegrowers, falconers, gardeners and tavern-keepers on February 1 or February 14 (old style). 

Ignazhden (The feast day of Saint Ignatius of Antioch)

On 20 December the Bulgarian people Ignazhden notes - the day of St. Ignatius of Antioch, one of the best students of St. John the Apostle Evangelist, so named because bore God in his heart. 

Saint Nicholas' Day

Saint Nicholas' Day, observed on December 6 in Western Christian countries, December 5 in the Netherlands and December 19 in Eastern Christian countries, is the feast day of Saint Nicholas. In Orthodox Christianity St. Nicholas, whose name means "Victorious" is revered as a master of fishermen.

St. Dimitar's day (Dimitrovden)

On October 26 Bulgarians celebrate St. Demetrius. This honors St. Martyr Demetrios Mirotochets - one of the most revered saints of the Bulgarian people.

Saint John of Rila (St. Ivan Rilski) - the patron saint of the Bulgarians

Today, October 19, Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors Saint John of Rila (St. Ivan Rilski). He is honored as the patron saint of the Bulgarians and as one of the most important saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

St. Petka's Day (Petkovden)

On October 14 the Orthodox Church celebrates Saint Paraskeva or also called Petka. They call this day still Winter Petkovden and Bulgarian beliefs marks the transition to winter.

September 22 - Day of Bulgarian independence

On 22 September Bulgaria celebrates one of the most significant events in recent history. On this date in 1908 the Bulgarian state, one of the oldest in Europe, declared its independence. 

Saint Sophia the Martyr

Saint Sophia the Martyr is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church on September 17. Born in Italy, Sophia had three daughters: Faith, Hope and Charity, who were named after virtues mentioned by Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. September 17th is the Day of the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia.

Elevation of the Holy Cross

On September 14 the Orthodox Christian church is the Bulgarian nation celebrates one of its most important and solemn feasts - Elevation of the Holy Cross.

Dormition of the Theotokos

On August 15, Orthodox Christians and Catholics celebrate the church feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - one of the 12 major Christian holidays.


On 6 August Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, which dates back to the first centuries of Christianity.

St. Elijah Day (Ilinden)

On July 20 commemoration of St. Elijah the prophet - one of the greatest among the Old Testament righteous, powerful reprover of paganism and herald the true faith in the One God.

Midsummer (Enyovden)

According to Bulgarian folk tradition on 24 June (more precisely on the night of 23 against 24 and June), Midsummer is celebrated. This is an old pagan holiday in honor of the summer solstice. 

Feast of the Ascension (Spasovden)

On this day the Orthodox Church celebrates Ascension (Spasovden). The holiday is celebrated always on Thursday, forty days after Easter.

June 2 - Day of Botev and died for freedom and independence of Bulgaria

The date is the death of the Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev (June 2, 1876).

May 24 - Day of Bulgarian Letters and Culture

May 24 is the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and the Bulgarian alphabet - the most beautiful Bulgarian national holiday.


On May 6 Bulgarians celebrate St. George's Day - one of the biggest festivals in the folk calendar, celebrated in honor of St. George and more as the Day of the Bulgarian Army. St. George's name day celebrated Georgi, Gergana, Galia, Ginka, Ganka and more.

Tsvetnica (Palm Sunday)

On this day we celebrate Palm Sunday. In the hands carry twigs - willow, of periwinkle, rosemary, olive, laurel and spring flowers.


Bulgarians call this holiday "Lazarus", "Lazaritsa" or "Lazar's Saturday." This is a celebration of fields, pastures, forests and girls after lazaruvane public could lass.

Annunciation (Lady Day)

The Annunciation is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.

TODOROVDEN (St. Theodore's Day)

St. Theodore's Day is celebrated six days after Shrovetide.

Easter fasting

Began Lent - the most stringent and most important of all posts during the year. In this period, the even smoke or drink alcohol.

Liberation Day of Bulgaria

The re-establishment of the Bulgarian state is set with the Treaty of San Stefano of March 3, 1878. 

Now it is celebrated as a Liberation of Bulgaria.


Chestita Baba Marta - HAPPY BABA MARTA! Lots of happiness, health and luck!