The name “Ivan” comes from Old-Bulgarian and means “God is merciful”. Ivanovden (Ivan’s Day,) taking place on the 7th of January, is a religious holiday celebrated in honor of Sveti Yoan Krastitel (John the Baptist).
People who are named Ivan, Ivanka, Ivaylo, Yoan, Yana, Jana celebrate their name-day.
There are more than 260 000 people named Ivan and Ivanka in Bulgaria today.
I am attaching a portrait of my grandpa Ivan who is quite a unique person with one-of-a-kind character. My last name - Ivanova - comes right from his first one, probably this is why I love this nameday so much :))))
Happy name day to everyone who celebrates today!
Nikon D700, 50mm.