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Saturday 21 October 2017
16 October 2017 - 22 October 2017
October 2017

Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki (Dimitrovden/ Dimitar’s Day)

On October 26 the Orthodox Church honors Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki (Dimitrovden/ Dimitar’s Day). Protector of Christians, St Demetrios was called Myrrh-streamer because his imperishable remains emitted strong scented liquid myrrh. His relics have miraculous power. Saint Demetrios is one of the most revered saints and is presented as an older brother to Saint George. The proverb “St. George brings the summer, and St. Demetrios – the winter” is widely spread. As a harbinger of winter and cold, the saint is associated with the world of the dead. It is considered that after this holiday the traditional period for seasonal workers – shepherds and farmhands, comes to an end. There should be poultry dishes and vegetables on the table on Dimitrovden.
Dimitar, Dimitrina, Mitko, Mityo, Dimo, Dimcho, Dimka, Dimana, etc. celebrate their name day on this date.
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