Sunshine Marks "Winter Herald" in Orthodox Bulgaria

Society | October 26, 2006, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Orthodox Bulgarians mark Thursday the St Dimitar Day, believed to herald the beginning of winter, amid forecasts of warm, sunny weather.

According to Christian mythology, St Dimitar, "master of frost and snow", rides a red horse and the year's first snowflakes fall from his white beard.

On that day people who bear the name Dimitar, Dimitrina, Mitko or Dimo traditionally gather friends and family to, celebrate their Name's Day.

Three of Bulgaria's cities - Sliven, Vidin and Radomir also mark their official holiday on this day.

Construction workers join the celebrations as October 26 is their professional holiday.

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