We will be celebrating the very popular Bulgarian holiday of St. George's Day (May 6th), also known as Гергьовден (Gergyovden) with a potluck picnic at 1 pm on Saturday May 10th, 2014 at Rooster Rock State Park Picnic Site A on the Columbia River so lots of you may join us! (It's about 21 miles east of Portland on I-84. Directions from Podkrepa). Bring food to share with friends and family and plan for a fun day with Portland area Bulgarian and Macedonian families. (Feel free to arrive early to enjoy more of the park and surrounding sites ahead of the potluck). All welcome!
St. George's Day is known as one of the biggest name days celebrated in Bulgaria. (Name days are very popular in Bulgaria and many are celebrated in the spring). It is a major feast day with a lot of Slavic history and tradition behind it, usually involving roasting a whole lamb. May 6 was made an official public holiday in 1880 by Alexander of Battenburg. The holiday was declared to celebrate the Bulgarian army’s victories in the Liberation War against the Ottoman Turks.