Today it’s Epiphany, name day is celebrated by Yordan, Yordanka, Dancho, Dana, Boyan, Bogdan and Bogdana.
The Bulgarian army battle flags are consecrated on January 6, the tradition was revived in 1993, before the ritual was performed from 1879 to 1946.
Meals on the table on Epiphany include fresh bread, sauerkraut, stuffed peppers, cabbage, beans, nuts and wine.
According to the biblical account of the Epiphany, Where Jordan‘s, Jesus came to John the Baptist from Jordan River. There is a legend that Saint John the Baptist overwhelmed each person he baptized and held them that way until they confessed all their sins.
When he saw Jesus, John the Baptist immediately bowed and said that he should be baptized with him. But Jesus entered the waters of Jordan River, then the heavens opened above him, a light shone from above like lightning, and the spirit of God in the form of a dove descended on the baptizing Lord. A voice was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I take pleasure.”
The feast of the Epiphany is also called Illumination, because the Jordanian event enlightens by showing God revealed in the inaccessible mystery of the inseparable Trinity. Everyone is adopted by the Holy Baptism by the Father of the light by the merit of the Son and the power of the Holy Spirit. There is evidence of the celebration of this holiday as early as the 2nd century, but until the 4th century it was associated with the Nativity of Christ.
The feast common to both events was called the Epiphany, because at his baptism in the waters of Jordan, Jesus Christ appeared to the world for public service. Later, the church agreed to celebrate the two events separately – December 25, Christmas, and January 6, Epiphany. On this day of health, everyone participates in the consecration of water, when after a festive religious service the priest throws the Holy to cross in water.
Young people throw themselves, despite the cold and the low temperature, and take the to cross out of the water – whoever catches it is happy and healthy all year round. The sick bathe in the water where the to cross was thrown. If the to cross thrown into frozen water, it portends health and great prosperity. If the weather is cold and dry, it is considered a sign of a fertile and good year. Finally, with a bunch of basil, the priest “sprinkles the people of health”.
A solemn liturgy called the Great Blessing of Water is read. Holy the water in the Orthodox churches is renewed and everyone brings it home, because it purifies the soul and protects against disease.
Holy water is stored all year round and is used in difficult times for the family.