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   In the middle of August – on August 15th – is “Assumption of the Most Holy Virgin Mary” and Kyustendil celebrates Panagia – The Raising of the Bread.

This festival is connected with spiritual culture of the Orthodox population of the town. 


   Panagia is the name by which the Holy Virgin Mary is called, the ritual of making and breaking of the bread, of breaking it into two pieces and eating it together. Panagia is the practice of Christ and the apostles of the ancient sacred parish, passed through time and different cultures and preserved by our ancestors and brought to our time. Panagia are medallions with the image of the Virgin Mary which priests carry. Churches, fortresses and even cities are given the name Panagia.


   On the festival “Panagia – the Raising of the Bread”, separate elements and fragments of the concept are gathered and arranged for this thematic holiday, all of which carry the name Panagia: An artistic open air painting session and an iconography exhibition, called Panagia; the presentation of the loaves of bread, called Panagia, the music is, called Panagia, and the ritual is devoted to Panagia.


   On this holiday there is an iconography exhibition and a display of ritual breads.

Do you know that:

  • in the period 1952 - 2010 in the theater of Kyustendil 323 plays by 190 authors were performed .
  • the Roman baths in Kyustendil are the second by largest in Bulgaria.
  • the first Bulgarian school in the town of Kyustendil was established in 1820 in the courtyard of the church “Virgin Mary’s Assumption”.