Tuesday 21 February 2017

Bulgarians pray for health of bees

Published 10/02/2012 | 16:48

Hundreds of worshippers in Bulgaria have attended a service celebrating bees and honey
Hundreds of worshippers in Bulgaria have attended a service celebrating bees and honey

Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria have observed a unique holiday traditionally associated with honey and bees known as the Day of St Haralambos.

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Hundreds of people came to the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin church in Blagoevgrad to observe the holiday, and many prayed for an end to the freezing weather that has threatened honey bees and farm output in the Balkan country.

Beekeepers were among those who joined in a holy Mass for "the sanctification of honey". The worshippers also placed small jars holding honey and lit candles on the floor of the church to form a large cross.

A priest consecrated the honey, which people say has healing properties.

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