Bulgarians Honor St. TheodoreSociety | March 3, 2012, Saturday // 12:02| views
Bulgarians around the country marked Todorovden with traditional horseraces. This photo is from the village of Bachevo, Razlog Municipality. Photo by BGNES
Christian Orthodox Bulgarians celebrate St. Theodore, a popular and much-revered saint, Saturday.
The day honors St. Theodore Tyron (of Amasea), and is honored as a warrior saint and great martyr by the Orthodox Church.
The day of St. Theodore - Todorovden - is also the nameday of people called Todor, Teodor, Teodora and the like.
Traditionally, Bulgarians not only hold special festive services in honor of the saint, but organize horse races on that day, St. Theodore having been a horseback warrior.
Although March 12 (the first Saturday of the grat lent) is the traditional Bulgarian Todorovden, the Orthodox Church honors the death of St. Theodore Tyron on February 17.
February 8 the Church honors the other great martyr called Theotore - St. Theodore Stratelates.
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