Sofia. The Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Michaelmas or St. Michael on November 8. In Christianity, the Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is honoured for defeating Lucifer in the war in heaven.
As such, this day in the Orthodox belief is dedicated to defeat the "dark side". Archangel Michael is the "guardian of the souls and fighter against evil." He is often painted with a fiery sword and spear, which pierces the devil. He is also perceived as an angel of death by the Bulgarian folk culture: Michael is believed to take the soul of any dying man, by handing him an apple. Michelmas in Bulgaria is the name day of people named Angel, Angelina, Michael, Michaela, Radka, Radmila, Rayna, Reneta, Ognyan, Plamen and Emil.