We honor St. Anne, the patron saint of pregnant women

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On July 25, the Christian church celebrates Dormition of Saint Anne – the blessed death of Saint Anna or as it is canonically called – her Dormition.

St. Anna was a descendant of the Aaronic family and gave birth to Mary, the future mother of the Savior of mankind. As a result of the biblical stories, the saint is accepted and honored as one of the main Christian symbols of motherhood.

Bulgarians call the holiday Summer Holy Anna. It is widespread in the region of Western Bulgaria and the Rhodopes, especially in Asenovgradsko. There they accept that Summer St. Anne marks the end of summer.

The saint is worshiped mostly by women as the patroness and protector of pregnant brides and fertility. In order for them to bear fruit and give birth easily, certain prohibitions are strictly observed on the feast of Summer St. Anne - no work, no washing and washing, no sewing and knitting.

On the holiday, pregnant women and young brides go to church, pray for the health of the children and light candles in front of the icon of the patron saint. They decorate the icon with flowers and donate shirts, socks, towels, money. After the end of the church service, the mothers distribute fresh pies in the church yard and around the neighborhood so that their children will be healthy.

It is believed that the saint protected the children from "fire" - high temperature and fever.

In Eastern Bulgaria, on Summer St. Anna, women and children go to pick medicinal herbs in the fields. Then they are dried and kept as a medicine during the year.

In Western Bulgaria, against the holiday, various magical acts are carried out against magicians, sorcerers, and sorcerers who steal other people's fertility. Farmers go to sleep in their fields to prevent miscreants from stealing their grain.

In the south-western Bulgarian regions of Summer St. Anna, they organize a feast - a service with a sacrifice, in which the whole family takes part. The sacrifice is made to propitiate the saint and for her to protect the fields from fire and hail. There, in the summer, St. Anna is buried to protect against fire and conflagration and is called "Operlia".

Names of this day are Anna, Anka, Ani, Anani, Yana, Yanula, Yanina, Blaga, Dobri.

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