24 May - The Day Of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture
Fri, 21 May 2010
May 24 is the Day Of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture. This day has been celebrated for 159 years now – no other holiday was so long celebrated in Bulgarian late history.
24th of May is a Day that has no analogue among the other nations - the Day of literature, enlightenment, culture. It’s a holiday of spiritual rising, perfection striving for scientific and cultural achievements. The letters created by Kiril and Methody, their translations of the liturgical books, their fight to protect the rights of all nations to do honour of God in their own languages have a historical significance to Bulgarian national developing and its prosperity. Their life work is human, democratic, and Slavonic. It becomes part of the general human idea for equality at the spiritual field.
An indisputable fact is that Konstantin – Kiril - the Philosopher has created the alphabet and the first translations in Slavonic language. But one of the most interesting questions that haven’t been resolved till now is the creation of the two Slavonic alphabets in such a short period of time – Cyrillic alphabet and Glagolhic alphabet. There is no united position concerning the question which one of these both was created by Konstantin - Kiril.
Nowadays Cyrillic alphabet is used not only by Bulgarian people, but also by Serbians, Montenegrins, Russians, Byelorussians, as well as by many others non Slavonic nations from the USSR and many Mongolians – about 200 million people.