On May 22, the Russian Orthodox Church commemorates the transfer of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from the World of Lycia to Bar. This celebration was established as early as 1087.
Nicholas the Wonderworker is revered by both the Western Church and the Orthodox world. But it is in Russia that even people far from the church know Nikolai Ugodnik as the most revered Saint by the Russian people. In addition to the special holidays dedicated to him, the Church celebrates the memory of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker every Thursday. St. Nicholas is often commemorated at divine services and on other days of the week.
The folk calendar distinguishes two days dedicated to Nikolai Ugodnik: winter Nikola - December 19, and spring (summer) Nikola - May 22.