On May 23, Orthodox Christians of Abkhazia celebrate the Day of the Holy Apostle Simon the Zealot.
This day is of great importance not only for Orthodox Abkhazia, but also significant for the entire Christian world, because one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ preached in Abkhazia, and his relics rest here. In honor of this saint, a temple was erected at the place of his burial in New Athos in the 9th-10th centuries.
This is the patronal feast of the New Athos Monastery. One of the main holidays of the Abkhazian Church.