Winter Holidays in Bulgaria December Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 34 5 6 7 8 9 10St. Varvara’s St. Sava’s Day St. Nikola’sDay Day11 12 13 14 15 16 1718 19 20 21 22 23 24 Christmas Eve25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Winter Holidays in BulgariaReligious holidays, pagan holidays, and Christmastraditions are celebrated throughout the wintermonths in Bulgaria. Bulgarias strong folk traditionsare celebrated with a variety of winter festivals thattake place from December to February
December 4th – St. Varvara’s Day• St. Varvara is respected for being a protector against the smallpox and other diseases.• Church Holiday: St. Varvara, sabred after cruel sufferings for the sake of her determination not to reject her Christian faith.
December 4th – St. Varvara’s Day Only women take part in the celebration. Bulgarians also call it “Female Christmas”.
December 4th – St. Varvara’s DayRitual Table:Honey loaf, a bowlcontaining honey, salt,pepper and a bottlecontaining water are putby the fires.Another custom isto cook beans.
“Varvara boils, Sava kneads and Nicholas treats." December 4th – St. Varvara’s Day December 5th – St. Sava’s Day December 6th – St. Nikola’s Day
December 6th – St. Nikola’s Day / Nikulden /The Day of Saint Nicholas(the Miracle Worker) is amajor winter festivalcelebrated by all Bulgarians.According to the myths, St.Nicholas makes winds rageand cease, he can walk onthe seas, and whenever thereis a ship in trouble, he wouldsave it.
December 6th – St. Nikola’s Day / Nikulden / This Saint is protector of sailors and fishermen. His festival honours the marine element, seas, rivers and lakes.
December 6th – St. Nikola’s Day / Nikulden / The offering is fish, carp as a rule, because it isconsidered the Saint’s servant. The fishermen would sail out early in the morning to catch fresh fish.
December 6th – St. Nikola’s Day / Nikulden / Defferent kinds of fish dishes are served on the festive table but the most traditional of all is a stuffed carp ( Ribnik )