Nina Dobrev Celebrates Her Bulgarian Name Day

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Nina Dobrev may be Canadian, but her family is from Bulgaria, where they have a custom called Name Day. In fact, the Vampire Diaries actress is celebrating hers today, but what is it? We did a little investigating and found out some really cool facts.

"In Bulgaria we have a tradition/celebration called a 'Name Day,'" Nina wrote. "Each person has one - today is mine! Happy Name day to everyone else like me!
Name Days are a custom practiced in most countries where the Eastern Orthodox or Greek Orthodox religion is the official denomination, and can sometimes be more important than one's birthday. The days are noted on the Bulgarian Orthodox Church calendar, and are delegated to celebrating the names and lives of honored saints. Everyone who shares names with those saints, celebrates on their specific day.



December 6 is St. Nicholas' Day, which is celebrated by those with the names Nikola, Nikolai and, of course, Nina. Certain name days have specific traditions, including making special dishes to mark the day.

Today, Nina might eat something called Ribnik, which is a stuffed carp fish wrapped in dough and baked in the oven. St. Nicholas is also known as the master of the sea, and carp are considered his servants. In addition to the traditional meal, St. Nicholas' Day is celebrated by a big winter festival in Bulgaria.

So, it's a pretty exciting day for the 21-year-old star! Find out what your name day is here, and wish Nina a Happy Name Day in the comments. %Poll-56549%

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