St. Bartholomew's Day (Feast of Saint Bartholomew) is widely celebrated Catholic Church 24 August.
Saint Bartholomew (1st century) was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The story of his life contains many inaccuracies and interspersed with numerous legendary events. His real name Nathanael (Nathanael), and he received the name Bartholomew, becoming an adult. According to other sources, he was called Jesus, and he was forced to take a different name, according to the unwritten law of Syria.
After the Ascension of Christ, he has devoted his life to missionary work and went to India as a preacher, where he left a copy of the Gospel of Matthew. Then, his path led to a Greater Armenia (now — south-eastern Turkey), where Bartholomew received recognition for the spread of Christianity and his talent to heal the sick and demon-possessed. In Baku there is a local legend that he was subjected to terrible torture, when, as a living, he was cleared skin and crucify Gentile.
Then his body was sent to Lipari (Lipari — a small island near Sicily), where in the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew found his remains.
The name of St. Bartholomew linked some of the phenomena of the kind of miracles that took place before and after his death. One of the most popular events is known among the inhabitants of the island of Lipari. When his body was found on the shore, the bishop of the local church ordered the men to lift the body. When the attempt failed, the bishop sent for the children. And they are easily carried the body of the land, while the adults are not able to do so.
Statue of St. Bartholomew, placed in the cathedral MilanaS as long as the body of Bartholomew found on the island, people began to annually celebrate the occasion. On the feast of the cathedral took out a solid sculpture of silver or gold and sneaking around the city. At the present time, this event is celebrated on a grand scale, thus attracting the participation of a large number of people.
In Italy — a popular festival, which is held in the Mass, dedicated to Saint Bartholomew, on the streets, celebrating this holiday , enjoy the traditional games such as tug of war, running race in the bags, "the tree of plenty» (albero della cuccagna) — a stick or pole with prizes for the top, which should get.
On the main squares of cities in This day is usually carried out tasting products produced in different regions of Italy. Every evening, the restaurants offer creative cuisine. Evening performances entertain adults and children. Also arranged an exhibition of paintings and sculptures, concerts, and ends with a holiday traditionally a brass band that particularly like the elderly.
The Orthodox Church celebrates the feast day of St. Bartholomew 11 June, and the Coptic Church — January 1. Armenian Church honors the memory of their patron saints — St. Bartholomew with St. Thaddeus (Saint Thaddeus).