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The Dormition of the Mother of God is one of the 12 great feasts of the Orthodox Church. According to the Holy Scripture, this is the day when the Mother of God left the earthly world and went to her son. The oldest place associated with the cult of the Virgin Mary is the Tomb of the Virgin Mary (Church of the Assumption) in Jerusalem. It was erected in IV century at the place where according to legend the body of the mother of God was laid.
On this day loaves of bread are sanctified and corn, grain, watermelon and grapes are put on the table. The whole family gathers and a sacrifice is prepared – for life, health and fertility, and against illnesses and mishaps.
According to tradition, young newlywed girls should not touch anything red so as not to remain childless. The Virgin Mary is the patron of maternity and guardian of the family. People believe that she helps women conceive a child. On this day young newlywed women bring gifts which they put in front the icon of the Virgin Mary.
People named Maria, Mariana, etc. as well as Bozhan, Bozhidar, Bogdan and Bogdana celebrate their name day on this date.
*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.
Sofia's English Speaking Theatre "Aspire" will present 3 Tales from Mother Goose. The tales are directed and adapted for the stage by Mark Modzelewski. This show is children’s theatre, but will be plenty of laughs for the whole family. The performances will last approximately 45 minutes each and are FREE and open to the public at the summer outdoor stage in Borisova Gradina.
Saturday 11 August at 11 am.
Saturday 18 August at 11 am. and 1 pm.