Bulgarians Honor Virgin Mary, Father's DaySociety | December 26, 2010, Sunday // 11:26| views
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Sunday, December 26 is a holiday reserved for the Mother of God, as well as the secular Father's Day in Bulgaria.
The day after Christmas Orthodox Christians celebrate the Convention of the All-Holy Mother of God, during which they pay their veneration to Mary, who bore Jesus into the world.
Special services are called at which the faithful sing songs in praise and thankfulness to the mother of Christ.
The day after Christmas, Christians also honor Joseph, Mary's husband, which gave the occasion for the date of the secular Father's Day in Bulgaria.
It was instated in 1997 by civic organizations, but has not yet gained much popularity.
According to the Catholic Church, Father's Day is the day of St. Joseph, March 19. In the USA, it is celebrated in the third Sunday of June.
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