Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

It’s Epiphany Day in Bulgaria


Admittedly, I had never heard of this holiday until today.

My mom sent me a photo (see below) on Facebook. And can I just say what an amazing photograph?

Honoring Epiphany

On January 6th, the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox church honors Epiphany.

Epiphany (Greek for “to manifest” or “to show”), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the alleged revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ.

Novinite has a great article on the holiday explaining what it’s all about.

Sounds pretty cool to me if I do say so myself, especially the “Great Blessing of Waters.”

I’d actually love to attend the ceremonies in Sofia one day.

Fantastic and interesting Bulgarian traditions: just another reason I am beyond excited to live there!



5 thoughts on “It’s Epiphany Day in Bulgaria

  1. And it is actually one of the biggest namedays that we Bulgarians celebrate of all the people that carry the name of Iordan (for men) or Iordanka (for women) – it is after the Jordan river. And the next day 7th of January is the nameday of Ivan which of course is after Jonh the Baptist.
    I don’t know if you’re aware but Greeks and Bulgarians celebrate “namedays” just like birthdays – Greeks even more so.

    • I had heard of the namedays. It’s really interesting. Wish there was a day celebrating Whitney!

      • I dunno – they say that if you do not have a nameday for your name you may celebrate on Palm Sunday – that’s the Sunday before Easter – in Bulgarian we call it Цветница (flowers day) and all the people that have flower names (like Kamelia) celebrate. And eventually the ones that don’t have namedays if they choose so.

  2. Ooh I’m jealous. 🙂 I want to come visit you in Bulgaria. 🙂

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