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On September 14, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, also called Holy Cross Day. There are four different Feasts of the Cross in Orthodox Christianity– on the 3rd Sunday of the Great Lent (the Veneration of the Cross), on Good Friday, on August 1 and on September 14. Traditionally, the priests sprinkle the houses with holy water and thus bless them. According to church legend, Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, was a zealous Christian. She set off to the holy places in Palestine to look for the grave of the Lord, which was destroyed by the persecutors of Christians two centuries earlier. Her efforts were successful. The cave of the grave and three crosses were found. It was discovered which of them was the Cross of Christ when a recently deceased person was resurrected by being touched with one of them. Elena sent part of this life-giving cross to her son in Constantinople while the cross itself was put in the main Jerusalem church.
This feast is associated with the end of the summer and the beginning of the autumn agriculture season. From Holy Cross Day or Simeonov den (Simeon’s Day - September 1) the sowing of winter crops can begin. On Holy Cross Day, the seeds for sowing are blessed. In some regions the feast is called “Grape-harvest Day” because the harvest of grapes begins. Community gatherings, family and personal church services, and corban (a sacrificial offering) for wellness are organized.
The Alley of the Book is an event that “visits” some of the biggest cities in Bulgaria and its last stop is the heart of the capital - Vitosha Blvd. The aim of this format is to establish a closer relationship between people and books. The event brings together readers, authors and publishers.
It is organized by the Bulgarian Book Association with the support of Sofia Municipality. The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2019.
For three years now, the multi-genre KvARTal Festival (kvartal = neighbourhood) has been attracting a diverse audience in the area between Maria Louisa Blvd., Dondukov Blvd., Vasil Levski Blvd. and Slivnitsa Blvd. Created on the basis of existing businesses and on the interesting history of the neighborhood, in the span of a few days the festival wants to show a possible future in which this historical part of Sofia develops as a creative neighbourhood. The festival has become a cultural and leisure event for the residents and guests of the capital. The initiative is a good example of building a working model in which local businesses and organizations are united by the idea of preserving and enriching the urban environment, choosing by themselves how to contribute.
For the fourth consecutive time, Sofia – European Capital of Sport organizes ultra mountain running and ultra mountain biking. The 73-kilometer-long route passes through 10 of the most emblematic of the capital and the region monasteries - Klisura Monastery of St Petka, Divotino Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Gornobanski Monastery of St. St. Cyril and Methodius, Vladaya Monastery of St Petka, Dragalevtsi Monastery of the Holy Mother of God of Vitosha, Bistritsa Monastery of St Petka, Bistritsa Monastery of Sts Joachim and Anna, Pancharevo Monastery of St Nicholas Letni, Kokalyane Monastery of St Michael the Archangel and Lozen Monastery of St. Spas. In this way, the sport has additional benefits – it introduces its participants to history and reminds them of the national Bulgarian values. Every year, the event encompasses more and more routes and destinations.
Organized free 5 km run. Everyone can join regardless of gender and age (including disabled people, parents with strollers, as well as people with dogs on a leash).
*The main 5km running track is located in Sofia, Yuzhen park. The start and finish lines are located on the main alley in front of the monument with birds.
Мichael Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, actor and producer. He’s had 5 successful world tours, has won 4 Grammy awards and has sold over 60 million albums all over the world.
The present world tour of the musician will consist of a series of 27 concerts in America - the first one was in Florida on February 13, 2019