One perfect name day

Today it was a lovely day! 25th of March is a national holiday in Greece – Independence day and in Bulgaria – it’s my name day! It was sunny, very sunny and I, like one summer girl, felt absolutely comfortable in my skin. I was out all day and I saw the parade for Independence day/ in 1832 Greece was finally recognized as independent nation, after being under Ottoman’s empire rule/. Young and old people were lined to watch the march of the army on the streets.

“Evzone soldier” by Blaga Todorova

“Cute, little evzone soldier” by Blaga Todorova

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The moment where the evzone soldiers/ elite, ceremonial units in the Greek army, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, the Hellenic Parliament and the President mansion/ passed by,  tapping on the asphalt with their heavy “tsarouchia”/ evzones shoes/ and the drums were playing army music, the clapping from the crowd was unbelievable, magical in a way. It’s been a while to see people gathering together in the center of Athens for something different than a strike or a protest. When the parade finished I had a coffee at my favorite coffee shop and then wandered around with friends to enjoy the beautiful day!

Sitting on the stairs of Akademias- The Academy

I had so many nice wishes for my name day, made my heart feeling good today! 25th of March in Bulgaria is called Благовещение /Blagoveshtenie/ and it’s one of the most beautiful Orthodox celebrations.  The legends say that on this day the sky opened and Gabriel came down to Earth to announce to Virgin Mary that she was chosen to give birth of God’s son.  This day is connected to the good, sweet news. My name Блага / Blaga/ means good, sweet. Today everyone named Blaga, Gabriel, Gabriella, Evangeline celebrate.

The old people say that you can predict the year ahead, based on how 25th of March was for each of us. My 25th of March was adorable, so I truly hope the days to come will be the same. The old traditions will make the women to clean the house early in the morning, to collect the garbage and to burn it. The flame of the fire is symbol that snakes/ evil/ won’t visit the household. It’s a day when the birds will bring the good news about the end of the winter.

“Spring colors” by Rumi Krasteva

Being in the spirit of a day where the good news are honored, I would like to dedicate today’s post to my friend Rumi, who has a birthday in exactly 30 minute from now. Rumi and I don’t know each other for a very long time, but the amount of sweetness and encouragement I get from her, it’s like we’ve been friends for all our lives. She is one of those people that will always find a positive word to help you forget any sad moment, and a smile to welcome every happiness together with you. It’s a shame this year I couldn’t go to Bulgaria like last year to celebrate our days together, but she was the first/ after mom :), mom is always before everyone/ to wish me happy name day and to send me sunshine and hope for a better tomorrow.

Happy Birthday my dear Rumi!

May the new moon sails with you to faraway lands of enchanting love and graceful moments of life.

Be always the way you are! Have a wonderful day tomorrow! I love you loads!

Rumi and I, last year 25-26 of March- Sofia, Bulgaria

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“… no man is useless while he has a friend.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson


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