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A sweet blessing for beehives and honey

Valentina Petrova / AP

Worshipers gather around candles stuck to jars of honey, arranged as a Holy Cross, during mass for the 'sanctification of honey' at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin church in the town of Blagoevgrad, outside Sofia, Bulgaria on Feb. 10. Honey and beehives are sanctified by performing a ritual for health and rich harvest, marking the day of St. Haralampus, Orthodox patron saint of bee-keepers.

Valentina Petrova / AP

Candles stuck to jars of honey, arranged as a Holy Cross, are seen during mass for the 'sanctification of honey' at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin church in the town of Blagoevgrad, outside Sofia, Bulgari on Feb. 10.