SAINT NICHOLAS DAY /Nikulden/ 6 DECEMBER. Saint Nicholas is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker !.
And St. Nicholas became the patron of sailors and voyagers.
A modern metal icon of St. Nicholas by the Bulgarian artist Georgi Chapkanov -“Chapa”, depicting the patron saint of fishermen holding a fish
Carp is the special food for the day, as legend tells how, when a ship was sinking because of a hole in the hull, St. Nicholas stuffed a live carp in the hole, saving the ship. The special fish dish, ribnik, is carp wrapped in dough or baked with rice. Ribnik is baked in the oven along with two special loaves of bread. Other meatless dishes are also served. The food is blessed at church or at home before being served. Carp is regarded as Nicholas' servant.
Bulgarian bread for Nikulden
NIKULDEN when a ship was sinking because of a hole in the hull, St. Nicholas stuffed a live carp in the hole, saving the ship. The special fish dish, is the name day for everyone named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina or Nina !