Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Saint Nicholas Day in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, Saint Nicholas' day is celebrated on the 6 December as Nikulden. Families invite relatives, sponsors and neighbours for a meal of fish (usually ribnik, a carp wrapped in dough) and two loaves of ceremonial bread, all of which are blessed at church or at home. The host wafts incense over the table, then lifts and breaks the bread. Bulgarians also observe 6 December as the name day for those named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina and Nina. St Nicholas is the patron saint of fisherman, his full title is St. Nicholas the Wonderworker , and the origin of Santa Claus.

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