Culture and Literacy Day in Bulgaria in 2020

Culture and Literacy Day in Bulgaria in 2020
  How long until Culture and Literacy Day?
This holiday next takes place in 247 days.
  Dates of Culture and Literacy Day in Bulgaria
2021 Bulgaria Mon, May 24 National Holiday
2020 Bulgaria Sun, May 24 National Holiday
2019 Bulgaria Fri, May 24 National Holiday
2018 Bulgaria Thu, May 24 National Holiday
2017 Bulgaria Wed, May 24 National Holiday
  Summary
Slavic missionaries Cyril (Constantine) and Metod (Methodius) came to Great Moravia
  Local name
Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост
  Culture and Literacy Day in other countries
Culture and Literacy Day internationally

When is Saints Cyril and Methodius Day?

In Bulgaria, this day is known as 'Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day', 'Culture and Literacy Day' or 'Alphabet Day' and is celebrated following the Orthodox calendar on 24 May. It is also a public holiday in Macedonia on 24 May.

Who were Saints Cyril and Methodius?

Saints Cyril and Methodius were two Byzantine brothers born in Thessalonica in the 9th century. Part of a prominent Christian family, their father was Greek and their mother was Bulgarian.

In 860 Cyril and Methodius went as missionaries to what is today the Ukraine, spreading Christianity among the Slavic peoples of Bulgaria, Great Moravia and Pannonia.

They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet. At the request of the Moravian prince Rastislav, they began to transcribe religious books from Greek into Old Bulgarian.

Their alphabet is seen as the precursor to Cyrillic, which was named after Cyril. Today most of the Slavic countries, including Russia, still use an extension of that alphabet.

Did you know?

Over 300 million people in 12 countries use the Cyrillic script.

Throughout his life, Cyril was known as Constantine, only adopting his religious name of Cyril while on his death bed.

Both brothers are venerated in the Orthodox Church as saints with the title of "equal-to-apostles".

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