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Bulgarian Name Days Calender

Bulgarian Name Days are the Bulgarian expression of a custom practiced in most countries in which the Eastern Orthodox or Greek Orthodox religion is the official denomination.

 

 

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 large scale birthday.

Some name days are associated with certain specific traditions. For example, on St. Nick's Day a stuffed carp has to be cooked and served at dinner, while on St. George's Day a lamb must be prepared.

Even though name days in general are usually associated with saints in Bulgaria some of them are in honor of important figures from the history of Bulgaria.It is custom to give out chocolates or sweets to your friends, family and anyone that you meet on your name day. Some people may want to have a party on their name and if they do, they must buy the food and drink for the occasion. Many years ago, name days were celebrated rather than birthdays, but these days they are both celebrated.
Some popular name days:

St. Cyril and Metodi's (Methodius's) Day.
Vasil's Day
Ivan's Day
St. Georgi's (George's) Day
Dimitar's day
Todor's Day
St. Nick's Day
St. Antoine

January

1 Vasil, Vasilena, Vesela, Vesselin, Veselina
6 Bogdan, Bogdana, Bogomil, Bogomila, Iordan, Iordanka, Teodosii
7 Ioan, Ioana, Yoan, Yoana, Ivan, Ivanka, Ivayla, Ivaylo, Ivet, Kaloian, Kaloyan, Vanya, Vanyo, Zhan, Zhana
12 Tanya, Tatyana
14 Nina
17 Andon, Anton, Antonia, Dona, Doncho, Donka
18 Atanas, Atanaska
19 Silvia
20 Efimir, Evtim, Evtimiya, Momchil
21 Maksim
25 Grigor

February

1 Trifon
3 Simeon
6 Svetla, Svetlana, Svetlomir
10 Haralampi, Valentin, Valentina
13 Evlogi

March

1 Evdokiya, Marta, Martin, Martina
4 Gerasim
10 Galina
11 *Bozhidar , Bozhidara , Dora , Teodor , Teodora , Todor
13 Nikifor
17 Alexi
22 Rosen, Rositsa
23 Lidiya
25 Blaga, Blago, Blagovest, Blagovesta, Blaguna, Evangelina, Mariyana
28 Albena, Boyan, Boyana, Boyka, Boyko

April

15 *Lazar , Lazo
16 *Bozhan , Bozhana , Violeta , Vurban , Vurbana , Yasen , Yasna , Yavor , Zdravka , Zdravko
18 Viktor, Viktoriya
23 *Velichka , Velichko , Velin , Velina
25 Marko
30 *Toma , Tomislav , Tomislava

May

1 Ermen, Ermena, Maya
2 Boriana, Boris, Borislav, Borislava
5 Irina, Mira
6 Georgi, Georgiya, Gergana, Gyuro
11 Kiril, Kirila, Metodi
21 Elena, Konstantin, Kosta, Kostadin, Kostadinka, Lenko, Stoyan
30 Emiliya

June

1 *Spas , Spaska
5 *Doroteia
7 Valeri, Valeria
22 Goryan, Goryana
24 Enio, Yanita, Yanka, Yanko
25 *Asen , Chavdar
26 David
29 Kamen, Pavel, Petar, Petra, Petrana

30 Apostol