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December 24, 2015
Christmas or New Year - Communist take

5 Bulgarian Christmas facts and traditions

It is winter and for Bulgarians it is time to celebrate. Back in the day when most Bulgarians were dealing with agriculture and livestock breeding there was a lot of free time in winter. In those times winter would start with Dimitrovden  (St Demetrius’ Day) and end with Gergyovden (St. George’s day).  During this time of year we celebrate tons of days dedicated to saints, name days, and of course, Christmas. Christmas is one of the most beloved holidays in Bulgaria and a time when families get together. In Bulgaria, just like everywhere else around the globe the Christmas spirit is here and we are ready to celebrate. Here are some of the most popular facts and traditions about Christmas in Bulgaria: 1. We celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. Bulgarians are mainly Eastern Orthodox, but we follow the Gregorian calendar and for us Christmas is on the 25th of December. Other Eastern Orthodox countries like Russia or Serbia, for example, celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January. 2. Christmas in […]

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