06.12.

343: Why is St Nicholas the Symbol of a Good Giver?

343: Why is St Nicholas the Symbol of a Good Giver?
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  • historical event: He had a reputation for secret gift-giving to those who were in need. Thus, on one occasion, according to the legend, he helped three girls who could not afford a dowry, so they could not marry.

This day is known among Christians as the day of St. Nicholas the saint who, in the fourth century, died a martyr’s death in a dungeon after severe torture. St. Nicholas was a bishop in Myra (now Demre in Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving to those who were in need. Thus, on one occasion, according to the legend, he helped three girls who could not afford a dowry, so they could not marry. They would be condemned to prostitution, but St. Nicholas secretly put three bags of gold coins in their house during the night. That made it possible for them to marry, and thus St. Nicholas is today recognized as a gift-giver.

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