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On July 20 the Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorates the great Old Testament prophet Elijah. Throughout history, people have paid tribute to his moral elevation and spiritual closeness to God. It is believed that upon his death a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and took him. This scene is even portrayed on icons – St Elijah is depicted in a gold chariot pulled by 4 white horses.
The Feast of St Elijah is one of the most celebrated Bulgarian folk feasts and all churches in the country hold a Holy Mass. People worship prophet Elijah as the master of thunder and lightning and the protector of crops from fire. He can control the rain and humidity and protects life. Because of his powers, Bulgarians call him Elijah the Thunderer. In folk tales he rides a gold chariot up in the sky and shoots fire arrows.
St Elijah is a patron saint of all furriers, saddlers and bakers. On this day, farmers pray for rain and in some parts of the country on the day before the feast a dragon is ritually chased away as it is considered to be a symbol of draught.
*The main 5 km running track is located in Sofia, South park (Yuzhen park). The start and finishing lines are located on the main alley in front of the monument with birds.
FLUCA comes to Sofia!
The Austrian Cultural Pavilion will be located in front of the National Theatre.
Its programme includes exhibitions, performances, discussions, concerts and parties of artists from Bulgaria, Austria, Israel, Western Balkans, Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
FLUCA Locations and dates:
July 21 – August 5: the square in front of Ivan Vazov National Theatre