The governor of Vidin Eng. Krastyo Spasov and his deputies – Nikolina Vancheva and Nikolay Todorov attended the inauguration celebration in Vidin of 125 years of the death of Exarch Antim I – the first chairman of the Bulgarian Parliament and the first bishop of Vidin. The celebration which was held at the end of last week was under the patronage of the head of the National Assembly, Mihail Mikov. The celebration of the anniversary is being held under the honorary patronage of the president of the National Assembly Mihail Mikov and is a part of the initiatives with which in 2014 will honor the 135-th anniversary of the foundation of the Constituent Assembly and the adoption of the Turnovo Constitution.
“Let the name of Exarch Antim I be a strife for unity, formation and progress for Bulgaria”. With these words on 30 Nov 2013, the head of the 42nd National Assembly Mikhail Mikov opened the festive concert of the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra and the stars of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. The documentary about the life and work of Exarch Antim I was filmed before the beginning of the concert. The film is produced by the association “Bulgarian glory” and ordered by the National Assembly.
The head of the parliament Mihail Mikov awarded honorary plaques of the National Assembly to some prominent public figures from Vidin who have been contributing to promote the deed of Exarch Antim I – to the bishop of Vidin Dometian, Georgi Ivanchev, the longtime director of the High School in Maths and Sciences “Exarch Antim I” Nino Zayakov, a historian and a publicist, to Svetlana Krasteva, a head of “State Archives” Department in Vidin, Nikolai Asenov,a publisher of “Vidin” newspaper and posthumously to Rumyana Dilova, a longtime conductor of the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mihail Mikov also opened in Vidin the exhibition “Faith and State Organization” which shows documents and belongings of Exarch Antim I. Among the exponents is his degree from the seminary in Halki, the patriarchy status message usually sent to any bishops of Vidin, many documents related to the time when Exarch Antim I used to be the head of the Constituent National Assembly which adopted the Tarnovo Constitution. “The lifestyle of Exarch Antim I is a worthy example for our children”, Michail Mikov said at the opening of the exhibition”.
Before that, the head of the National Assembly Mikhail Mikov, the minister of culture Petar Stojanovich and the MP of the European Parliament Marusya Lyubcheva met with members of the “Young Parliamentarian” Club at the High School in Maths and Sciences “Exarch Antim I” from Vidin. The students introduced to their guests the story of the Bulgarian Parliament recalling that Mikhail Mikov is the third head of National Assembly from Vidin after Exarch Antim I and Nikola Logofretov from the 25th National Assembly.
On Sunday, Mihail Mikov, Petar Stojanovic, Eng. Krastyo Spasov, many MPs, councillors, mayors, activists and citizens attended in the cathedral St. Dimitar” a requiem mass on the occasion of the 125-th anniversary of the death of Exarch Antim I on Dec 1. They also joined a procession from the temple to the mausoleum-tomb of this distinguished Bulgarian. The procession was led by the guard brass band and students with banners.
Bishop Sioyniy served a requiem mass in front of the mausoleum-tomb. The head of the Parliament, the Minister of Culture, the district governor of Vidin, representatives from institutions, public organizations and schools all presented wreaths at the service. Town citizens also paid their respect to the first Bulgarian Exarch and bishop of Vidin by presenting flowers.
At “Bdintsi” square the national guards presented a ceremonial spectacle “Sparks”.