St. Petko

St. Petko According to popular belief, there is a male-saint by the same name - St. Petko, who is patron of this day. This saint takes the guise of a wolf – probably a leftover from the ancient cult of the wolf as a sacred animal. St. Petka’s day, and the whole month of October as well as November are considered to be a transition from autumn to winter. That is why people in villages harboured great fears about the coming months of snow and cold. Winter was regarded as the time of wild animals. In their honour, these transition months are rich in long ritual periods and all kinds of days – like Beast days, Wolf days, Mouse days. Bear days. http://www.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Emission_English/Theme_Folklore/Material/Petkafolk.htm