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St. George's Day celebration in Kokalyane monastery

St. George's Day celebration in Kokalyane monastery, © St. Cyril and St. Methodius National LibraryenlargeSt. George's Day celebration in Kokalyane monastery, © St. Cyril and St. Methodius National Library


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Object:St. George's Day celebration in Kokalyane monastery
Description:Outdoor group photograph: in the center there is a group of men of different ages seated in a circle, mostly in urban clothes, one in military uniform, and one in an Orthodox priest garb, some of them are eating. Around this group five men are standing: on the left there are two young men in rural clothes with traditional peasant shoes (tsarvuli) and leggings, one is holding a drum or traditional wine vessel (bakliza); on the right there is a man with a lamb on stake.
Comment:St. George's Day is one of the most celebrated name days in Bulgaria. St. George's Day is also the Day of the Bulgarian Army, made official with a Decree issued by Prince (Knyaz) Aleksander of Bulgaria on January 9, 1880. Parades are organized in the capital Sofia. A common ritual is to prepare and eat a whole lamb, possibly related to the fact that St. George is the patron saint of shepherds. Among the photographed are: Ivan Geshov, Ivan Karastoyanov, Iv. Grozev, Aleko Konstantinov, M. Sarafov and Georgi Zlatarksi.
Date:Not before 1888
Location:Kokalyane, Vicinity of Kokalyane monastery
Creator:Karastoyanov, Ivan Anastasov, (Court photographer)
Dimensions:Artefact: 90mm x 122mm
Image: 85mm x 119mm
Format:Not specified
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:210 Records > 215 Photography
260 Food Consumption
290 Clothing
430 Exchange > 438 Domestic Trade
430 Exchange > 439 Foreign Trade
520 Recreation > 527 Rest Days and Holidays
550 Individuation and Mobility > 551 Personal Names
550 Individuation and Mobility > 554 Status, Role, and Prestige
570 Interpersonal Relations
640 State
770 Religious Beliefs
780 Religious Practices
790 Ecclesiatical Organization > 793 Priesthood
890 Gender Roles and Issues
Bibliography:Boev, Petar (1983): Fotografskoto izkustvo v Balgaria /1856 - 1944/. Sofia: DI "Septemvri", 113.
Copyright:Национална Библиотека "Св. св. Кирил и Методий"
Archive:St. Cyril and St. Methodius National Library, Inv. No.: C II 549
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova