Стрітеня – Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (Julian Calendar)
This feast celebrates the occasion when the Blessed Virgin Mary and her spouse Joseph presented their son Jesus in a ceremony at the Temple at Jerusalem on the 40th day after He was born. According to Jewish law, the firstborn male child belonged to God and the parents had to redeem him (“buy him back”) on the 40th day after his birth by offering a sacrifice in the Temple for him. This is one of the 12 major feasts of the liturgical year. Candles are customarily on this feast for the faithful to take home.