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Christmas Yule log was lit in the yard of UlSIT


Christmas Yule log in front of the icon of Saint Mary decorated the courtyard of the University of Library Science and Information Technologies and thus symbolically students, academic bodies, and guests celebrated Christmas and the end of 2023.



The Orthodox tradition of burning the blessed oak tree soaked in wine, incense and oil and wrapped in a linen cloth is performed every year on Ignazhden at UlSIT. This year, the ritual for health and fertility took place on the Day of the Holy Martyr Sebastian - December 18.


Prof. Stoyan Denchev, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UlSIT led  the ceremony. The rector, Prof. Dr. Irena Peteva, ritually placed the Christmas Yule log in the fire.

"The best is yet to come!"
Prof. Peteva

The Thracian bagpipes of Zahari from Elhovo and the dances of carolers from the community center in the village of Busmantsi contributed to the mood of the holiday.

"In the light of the upcoming Christmas holidays, under the decorated Christmas tree in the courtyard, the Bulgarian tradition of Christmas Eve is alive, and this strengthens our worthy place in the treasury of Bulgarian history!"
Prof. Denchev

Prof. Denchev distributed gifts and many books to winners of the traditional UlSIT raffle.


Official guests at the event:

Mr. Petar Gendov, mayor of the city of Elhovo

Slavcho Velkov, anti-terrorism expert

Assoc. Prof. Arkadiy Ivanov - executive director of the "Fourth MBAL"-Sofia

Gen. Stoimen Stoimenov – public figure

Dr. Hristo Chaushev - Medical University-Plovdiv

Prof. Svetlozar Elderov – historian

Mrs. Spaska Tarandova - Executive Director of the Global Libraries Foundation

Mr. Rumen Georgiev - Deputy Chairman of the State Agency National Security

Dr. Vasil Vasilev – manager of 12 medical clinic

Prof. Dr. Grigor Sariyski - The Institute for Economic Research at the BAS

Mr. Guner Tahir – politician

Mrs. Silvia Karastoyanova - Union of People's Community Centers

Dr. Polina Karastoyanova – executive director of the National Board of Tourism

Prof. Yanaki Stoilov - constitutional judge

Mrs. Valeria Veleva - Top journalist

 

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