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St.Nicolas' Day with us
Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - Ethnographical Museum
On St. Nicholas' Day, the yard of the Ethnographical Museum was filled with people - young and old, officially engaged and such who came of their own accord, busy and relaxed, but all under the influence of the festive mood and a particular enthusiasm ...
The consecration of the ritual table was served by Father Peter from the Cathedral St. Cyril and Methodius and the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education Yordanka Ananieva completed the ritual by breaking the festive bread. According to traditions, the way the loaf was split into, bodes that in the next year, the men will have to do more work and the initiative in every endeavour will be theirs. First to try of “bogovitsata” (ritual bread) donated by “Bread and bakery products – Burgas”, were the sailors veterans who always enthusiastically participate in all events at St. Nicholas' Day.

Women from Center Vselena surprised the audience with their cheerful dolls marina style.
In their paintings from the exhibition "St. Nicholas and the sea", the students of Mrs. Anna Ivanova from "Hristo Botev" School - Sarafovo have painted their vision of the saint and St. Nicholas holiday.
Foundation "Bulgarian Craft Masters" offered to the visitors, traditional Bulgarian pottery, textiles, icons and other souvenirs.
Exclusive interest raised the Exhibition "Burgas, Eternally Bound to the Sea", arranged in the yard of the Ethnographical Museum. Photo posters present the history of Burgas, the city in weekday and weekend, winter and summer, its beach, harbour and nearby island of St. Anastasia ... And the sea is not a background here, nor a metaphor - it is part of our lives. Therefore, the motto we chose for our exhibition a quatrain by the well-known poet Ivan Nenkov:
"Your home is the city by the sea,
here is the white harbour, from where
following their hopes and mirages,
all crews have been leaving."

St. Nicholas' Day marks the beginning of the great Expectation, the Christmas eve representing birth of a new life, birth of hope. In folk beliefs Saint Nicholas did not only rescue sailors in trouble or the fallen in storm, he is patron of the uneasy transition from the old to the new year. With his ship he carries us to the new, the better and more desired. May our hopes for health, happiness, success, peace and calm days, not be wasted!
Text by Rosica Topalova

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