The tomb of Saint Nicholas in Bari, as it appears today.
The Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra to Bari (Nicola spring) is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, and to a lesser extent, the South Slavs, Romanians and Moldovans, celebrated on May 9 each year. It commemorates the translation of the relics in 1087 of Saint Nicholas from Myra to Bari, Italy to save them from the Turks who were persecuting Christians and destroying churches and holy objects. To this day the relics remain at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas. [note 1]
^"St Nicholas "the Warm" (“teplij Mykola”) is a church-wide celebration in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Church was, at one time, the only Eastern Church that marked this day. Three festal days are, in fact, celebrated in St Nicholas’ honour in Ukraine: 1) December 6/19 (“Cold Nicholas”), together with the miracle of St Nicholas at the First Ecumenical Council; 2) May 9/22 (translation of his relics); and 3) the nativity of St Nicholas on July 29/August 10. There are several miraculous icons of St Nicholas in Ukraine, especially that of St Nicholas the Drenched of St Sophia Cathedral – now kept somewhere in New York City, according to some accounts. St Nicholas is a patron against drowning and any icon of St Nicholas saving people from drowning or where his icon has a small boat placed near it is called “St Nicholas the Drenched.” This title is taken from a miraculous recovery of a child presumed drowned in the Dnipro River where the child was found sleeping on the altar before the icon of St Nicholas, both of which were drenched with water."