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Todorovden will be celebrated in Arbanasi, Dzhulyunitsa, Dobri Dyal and Kozarevets – things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

On March 23, the Bulgarian holiday Todorovden will be celebrated in Arbanasi

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The festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the central square, when the traditional competition for the “Best Horse” will start. Before that, the horses will parade through the streets of the village.)The mayor Vanya Andreeva announced that the jockeys of KKS “KaloyanNUM0” will ride them. The presenters will announce the sports results of the club during their presentation for the past year. And a committee will honor the traditionally best horse and its runners-up. To add to the mood of the residents and guests of the architectural complex, representatives of DUFA “Bulgarche” from V. Tarnovo are also invited.

In suitable weather conditions, after the parade and the competition on the square, the celebration will continue with demonstrations at the Equestrian Sports Base in Arbanasi, which was built in 1975. KKS “Kaloyan-92” has a license for its activity from the BFKS. It is a multiple champion of the country and is one of the leading clubs in professional riding and horse breeding.

For the 33rd year in a row, the holiday will be celebrated, with the exception being during the pandemic. The regional administration and the mayors of Veliko Tarnovo’s settlements have received invitations to respect the holiday for another year. In Arbanasi, they expect to welcome hundreds of guests for one of the best Bulgarian holidays.

Todorovden will be celebrated in the three villages of Lyaskovets municipality:

In Dzhuliunitsa, the organization of the kushii is annually the work of the town hall. This year it will start at 11:00 a.m. in the center with an official opening and greetings from the mayor to participants and guests. The village stadium “Vladislav” is where the celebration is transferred to at 11:30. Where spectators will have the opportunity to watch the competition.

Spectacular competitions will be held at the village fair this Saturday in Kozarevets

This is one of the most interesting spring events for the people of Kozarevets.The “Equestrian Society – 1986” organizes the holiday, and it goes through several stages before the competitive part begins.Horses and drivers will undergo a water consecration for their health at 10:00 a.m. on Mariyana Dimitrova Square.Feeding the horses is the next step, as well as a cavalcade passing through the streets of the village with respect to all namesakes. Only then does a competition begin in several categories. “Riding”, “Horse Carts” and “Carts with Donkeys”, with a jury determining which horse is the best and which cart is the best decorated. The races start at 12:00 in the village meadow. The registration for participation taking place immediately before the start, and the organizers promise games, quizzes, entertainment and folk fun.

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Dobri Dyal will also have a program for the holiday

At Dobri Dyal, Todor’s Saturday is the traditional day for a race to begin. The celebration starts at 10:00 a.m., with the horses being fed and sprinkled for their health.Father Hristo will perform the lighting of the water in the square, and the race will start at 11:00 from the village stadium. Not for the first time, the competitions organized for the local youth will be an attraction. Instead of horses, they will compete with motorbikes. The organization in Dobridyalsko is the town hall and the local community center “P. R. Slaveikov”. All three events in the villages of Lyaskovets receive financial support under the cultural calendar of the Municipality of Lyaskovets.

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The holiday itself:

Todorovden, also called Todoritsa and Horse Easter. It’s a church holiday celebrated on the Saturday of the first week of Great Lent.

On this day, as well as on February 17, the Church commemorates St. Theodore Tyrone. People have attested to the veneration of St. Theodore as far back as the early centuries. Theodore Tyrone is often confused with Theodore Stratilatus, who lived around the same time (early 4th century) and held a higher military position than him, despite being another warrior saint and martyr.

People in Bulgaria celebrate Todorovden with the names Todor, Todorka, Teodora, Teia, and Thea. According to NSI data from 2017, with a total population of 130,233 celebrating this name day.

It is also called Horse Easter, because of the solemn honoring of the horse on that day and horse races – kushii – held on it.

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