St. Reverend Anthony the Great (St. Anthony's Day - Antonovden)
St. Anthony the Great is one of the two most famous representatives of monasticism in the East. He practiced an ascetic life and was one of the founders of monasticism. In Bulgaria, this day is also known as Lelinden and people celebrate the prevention of diseases during the winter months. According to traditions, on this day women do not spin, knit, or cook beans or lentils so as not to anger the diseases. Specially kneaded loaves of bread, coated with treacle, are prepared and given to close relatives and neighbors so that they are healthy. On this date Andon, Antoinette, Anton, Antonia, Donka, Donko, Doncho, Tony, etc. celebrate their name day.