Serbian folktale: How the Devil finally tricked the clever Saint Sava with rakija

Originally posted on Lords of the Drinks:
An Orthodox Christian icon of Saint Sava of Serbia. This is a folktale from Serbia about the country’s national strong drink rakija. It reminds a bit of the legend of Gambrinus, which was told in Belgium and Holland, about the introduction of quality hoppy beer. In the Serbian…

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The world of Rakija

Since today it´s Saturday I want to talk about Rakija (Ракия, raki, ракија, pálenka). Rakija is not just a popular brandy in Bulgaria but is also considered to be their national beverage. Rakija is so incorporated in the Bulgarian culture and life stile which makes it important to know about. What is Rakija? Rakija is an… Continue reading The world of Rakija

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Antonov den-Антонов ден

The 17th of January Bulgarians celebrate Antonov den. What is Antonov den? Antonov den is being celebrated by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to honor the memory of Venerable Anthony the Great. Who was St. Anthony? Anthony was born in Egypt around 250 AD. He spent 20 years to complete solitude in the desert, where sick… Continue reading Antonov den-Антонов ден

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Babin den-Бабинден

So both the 6-7th of January are mostly man dominated days, so let´s focus on the 8th of January´s big celebration; Babin den, the day were the women stands in the spot light. This holiday also ends the three days of water rituals. What is Babin den?  Babin den is the day when Bulgarians celebrate… Continue reading Babin den-Бабинден

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So on the 6th of January Bulgarians celebrate Jordanovden, and on the next day, the 7th of January it´s time for the celebration of Ivanovden. What is Ivanovden? Ivanovden is the day when The Bulgarian Orthodox Church acknowledge John the Baptist who baptized Jesus Christ in the river of Jordan (Jordanovden honors the ritual when… Continue reading Ivanovden-Ивановден

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Saint Jordan’s day- Йордановден

The 6th of January is a special day in Bulgaria, on this very day the Yordanovden is being celebrated. Why is Saint Jordan´s day being celebrated? It is believed that on the 6th of January Jesus Christ was being baptized by John the Baptist. The baptizing shall been taken place in the river of Jordan with God… Continue reading Saint Jordan’s day- Йордановден

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Bulgarian Christmas food

Ok, so I know this is a bit too late to write about since Christmas already passed and so has even the New years, but like so many other I´ve been busy with celebrating the holidays my self with my family. Anyhow, so traditionally for the Bulgarian Orthodox Christmas it all starts with fasting for… Continue reading Bulgarian Christmas food