Toma Belev’s magnificent collection of 19th-20th century aprons

“Aprons have played an important role in the life of women. The first thing the newborn girl was wrapped up in was the old apron of her paternal grandmother, a ritual symbolizing the passing on of power. There are different kinds of..

published on 2/16/19 8:05 AM

Sound of Surva bells purifies and regenerates

January means Surva, the residents of the Bulgarian city of Pernik say. This is so, because each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of January the city plays host to the International Festival of Masquerade Games Surva. The 28 th edition of the..

published on 1/24/19 2:19 PM

Jamala – mythical creature that visits Bulgarians to give joy and courage in the New Year

Each year around Ivanovden, which used to be marked on January 20, according to the old calendar, in many villages in the regions of Sofia, Rousse and Lovech a folk ritual known as Jamala is performed. It is a male feast and is part of the..

published on 1/18/19 4:06 PM

French TV crew to make documentary about the Surva traditional festival

A French TV crew from Toulouse is to make a documentary about the folklore festival Surova (or Surva ) in Leskovets village near Pernik. The French journalists are working on a European project connected with masquerade traditions...

published on 1/13/19 10:30 AM

Ivanovden - customs, rituals and beliefs that come with the feast

On January 7 the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of St. John the Baptist, also called Forerunner of Christ. In Bulgaria this day is known as Ivanovden When he was 30, John started preaching to people and baptizing them...

published on 1/7/19 4:04 PM
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In January the kukeri come out in Bulgaria to banish evil

With the start of the new year comes the time when people in Bulgaria welcome guests to their homes most often. It is said that guests can come uninvited on a name-day, and January is the month of the year that is just packed with name..

published on 1/5/19 8:00 AM
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Bulgarian Christmas and the tradition of carol singers

Even before the adoption of Christianity in Bulgarian lands and the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, the day after Christmas Eve used to hold a special place in the Bulgarian folk calendar – it was called Koleda (Christmas),..

published on 12/25/18 9:00 AM

Christmas Eve and the birth of Young God

In Bulgarian folk traditions the night before Christmas is known by several names. Of course, we usually call it Christmas Eve, and most of the traditions and rituals are well known. But few people know that in Sofia, northern Bulgaria and..

published on 12/24/18 8:00 AM

Misho Buzhev: accordion is my true friend

In 2018 Bulgarian accordionist Misho Buzhev celebrates three anniversaries-his 80 th birthday, his 70 th anniversary on stage and 35 years since the beginning of his record activity. The golden archives of the Bulgarian National Radio keep..

published on 12/21/18 11:21 AM
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Ritual bread-making from Day of St. Ignatius until Christmas

“A new day, a new year,” Bulgarian people used to say on Ignazhden (Day of St. Ignatius of Antioch, marked on December 20). According to folk beliefs, it is on this day when the “young year starts.” The man who first enters one’s home on..

published on 12/20/18 2:29 PM