Accepted Paper:

St. Cyril and St. Methodius day: two places of one feast  
Ekaterina Anastasova (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, BAS)

Paper short abstract:

The feast of St. Cyril and St. Methodius has an important place in the national paradigms of the post-socialist space. Its role increases in the context of democratic changes and in the process of European integration, when it develops new (spiritual and secular) "European" dimensions.

Paper long abstract:

Entire Slavic world celebrates the holiday of St. Cyril and St. Methodius. At the same time they were proclaimed patrons of EU by Pope Paul Joan II (1980).

The festival displays both religious and secular aspects. Each of them is projected in a particular time (May 11/24) and space (the church/civic topoi). Each of these aspects sends a specific message.

The feast has an important place in the national paradigms of the post-socialist churches and states. Its role increases in the context of democratic changes and in the process of European integration, when the feast develops new (spiritual and secular) "European" dimensions.

The paper analyzes the place of the festival of the two saints in the ideological and spiritual space of Europe.

Panel P230
Ritual places through the ritual year II