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Bulgarians pray for honey, bees

2012-02-10 22:10

Blagoevgrad - Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria are observing a unique holiday traditionally associated with honey and bees.

Friday was the Day of St Haralambos. Hundreds came to the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin church to observe the holiday, and many prayed for an end to the freezing weather that has threatened honey bees and farm output in this 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 here say has healing properties.