Bulgaria Marks Sts Peter and Paul's Day

Society | June 29, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgarian Orthodox church marks Wednesday the day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

St. Peter is the most prominent of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, a leader and missionary in the early church, and traditionally the first bishop of Rome. The Vatican is celebrating its holiday on the Day of St Peter, June 29th.

In the national calendar St. Peter's Day is preceded by Shrovetide that starts from the first week after Pentecost.

The festival devoted to St. Peter, coincides with the beginning of harvest-time. That's why people work in the fields during the first half of the day. Early apples called "petrovki" and ritual loaves of bread are eaten.

According to the canons of Orthodox religion, St Paul's Day is celebrated on June 29, but usually Bulgarians from the Eastern parts of the country celebrate the festival on the next day.

Paul is Peter's elder twin brother. He is always angry, pouring fire and brimstone against those who work on this day. In folk tradition Stл Paul's Day is associated with the destructive powers of nature.
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