[caption id="attachment_298" align="alignleft" width="229" caption="St. Nicholas, Source: The Internet"][/caption]On this day the Bulgarian Orthodox Church honours St. Nicholas, the Wonderworker of Myra – the patron of sailors. St. Nicholas Day is also celebrated as Bankers’ Day. Nikola, Nikolay, Nikolina, Nenka, Nina, Neno, Nenko, Nino and Koljo celebrate their Name Day. St. Nicholas was born in Patara (a town in Asia Minor) in the second half of III c. A. D. He lived modestly and helped quietly the poor. When he headed for the Holy Sepulchre by sea, a strong storm hit the ship. Then, St Nicholas prayed sincerely and humbly to God. As a result, the sea calmed down.According to another legend, St Nicholas saved another sinking boat as he blocked the hole with carp. That is why, this particular fish is being served on the table on St. Nicholas Day. Besides, meatless dishes such as boiled corn, wheat, vegetable leaves, peppers and beans are also served.St. Nicholas is the patron of the Bulgarian city of Burgas. The day is marked with various celebrations. According to the tradition, wreaths of flours are thrown into the sea to honour sailors and fishermen who had perished in the sea. On St. Nicholas Day, ship in the open sea stop for a while to venerate their patron – St Nicholas.St. Nicholas holy remains rest in the town of Myra. It is believed that a miraculous chrism drips from them and heals the believers.
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