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Monday 19 February 2018
19 February 2018 - 25 February 2018
February 2018

Saint Theodore's Day, Horse Easter

On February 24, 2018 – the first Saturday of the Great Lent, as well as on February 17, the Church commemorates St. Theodore Tyron. In the Orthodox calendar there are 6 canonized saints that bear the name Theodore which means God's gift. However, people seldom differentiate between the different saints. A unique painting from 1259 in the Boyana Church portrays three saints bearing this name - St. Theodore Tyron and St. Theodore Stratelates, who are venerated as Warrior Saints, as well as St. Theodore the Studite. Saint Theodore's Day is one of the first spring feasts. Horse races are conducted on this day and thus this custom is called Horse Easter. The men prepare the horses – they comb them and decorate them with beads, tassels, and colored threads. You can watch the traditional horse races in Dragalevtsi quarter, Benkovski quarter, Fakulteta quarter and at National Hippodrome Bankya. There are horse races around the whole country. Only lent food is consumed on this day. Boiled corn is also given away to people.

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