Galina Mihaylova & Anton Ivanov
St. Petka

St. Petka

St. Petka

(14 October)

Tonight we are guests of Paraskeva, Penka, Pentcho, Petka, Petko, Penyo, Petko.

St. Petka
St. Petka

Day is the symbolic end of the marketing year, right now everything must be stowed and farmers begin to settled with employees for summer workers. Petkovden of it and fertilization of domestic animals, known as “marlene” or “sheep’s wedding.” Today and make an offering for a new house, it is mandatory animal is a male. Furthermore sheepmeat and sacrifice broth are served stew of leek leaves and vine leaves.

Ritual table: meat, boiled mutton soup, stew with leeks, stuffed vine leaves, vine leaves.

Petko – popular festival associated with some pre-Christian elements. In the mountainous regions of Petkovden perform the ordinances that pertain to livestock. Shepherds put rams in sheep fertilization. For the duration of mating, women should not take up the no work – do not knit and sew, do not wash and knead dough to be born healthy cattle. After fertilization of the sheep they bake fresh bread.

There are also family-generic offerings, duties and health services and a new house. For the offering women bring bread, wine and brandy. Make a common table, which is first censes and blessed by the priest. Before you eat, wives dealt each other slice of bread.

On the first Monday before St. Petka in Eastern Thrace runs custom Lord’s Church – straight-village is sacrifice. First Saturday before St. Petka (Hen church Bozh spirit) sacrifice is offered only hens. In the Saturday before St. Petka in some areas is Petkovska Souls.

In the Christian religion Reverend Petka Paraskeva-Epivatska, Tarnovo (X-XI c.), Bulgarian, a saint and recluse, born in the town  Epivat on The Sea of ​​Marmara.

The relics of the saint who possess curative effect, became a symbol of the struggle for the preservation of Christian culture from Islamic assimilation. They are one of the trophies that brought Ivan Asen II after Klokotnitza battle. After long wanderings are relics rest in the Romanian city of Iasi, where ever since.

The imposition of the cult of St. Petka provoking writing a number of literary works, among which the most known is the life of st. Petka, the work of Patriarch Euthymius.


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