Dolmens – the “dragon houses” of Sakar Mountain

Dolmens are ancient megalithic structures, horizontally-fixed massive stone slabs that are connected with the religious beliefs of the ancients. Researchers say that in Bulgaria, the highest concentration of such structures is in the mountains..

published on 4/3/21 2:00 PM

The miraculous peacock feathers

In the past, bird feathers were worn by girls as adornment. People believed that they warded off evil spells, ill-fated encounters and evil. The feathers of certain birds were particularly potent. Pride of place was accorded to the male peacock..

published on 3/28/21 6:10 AM

Yasna Polyana village still remembers the Tolstoyan commune from the turn of the 20th century

The village’s old name was Alan Kayryak and it is located south of the city of Burgas, in the foothills of Mount Strandzha. It is known for its many stork nests as from his home in Yasnaya Polyana in Russia, together with his doctor, to..

published on 3/21/21 7:25 AM

Organized speleology in Bulgaria marks its 92nd anniversary

The beginnings of organized caving in Bulgaria were laid on 18 March, 1920. Since 1975 speleologists in this country have been entering information into a data base of Bulgarian caves – at this time it includes information and maps of more..

published on 3/18/21 9:05 AM

The power of forgiveness that purifies life

Cheesefare Sunday is one of the most colourful feasts in Bulgaria. It always falls on the Sunday before the start of Lent. The ritual also goes by the name of “Proshka” (forgiveness) because in popular tradition, the dinner on this..

published on 3/14/21 8:50 AM

Fire on Cheesefare Sunday wards off summer hail

In traditional Bulgarian culture fire plays an important role – not only in patriarchal life but also as part of many rituals and feasts. According to popular belief fire had the magical power to purify and to protect, to keep..

published on 3/13/21 8:40 AM

The monument of freedom – the symbol that unites all Bulgarians

Shipka or the Monument of Freedom – one of the most emblematic Bulgarian monuments, which has become a symbol of Bulgaria’s independence and national identity, proudly rises to 1,326 metres in the heart of Stara Planina Mountain. At the..

published on 3/6/21 7:05 AM

As Granny Marta approaches…

If you take a stroll in the streets of Sofia or any other town in the country you will find the colours red and white everywhere. Because on this last day of February everyone wants to choose a martenitsa for their loved ones – an amulet of health, which..

published on 2/28/21 8:00 AM

Koprivshtitsa – a town with beautiful architecture and rich history

Koprivshtitsa is a small Bulgarian town located at the foot of Sredna Gora mountain range. Getting a first-hand experience of the cobblestone streets and the colorful Revival Period houses lends you the feeling of travelling back in time...

published on 2/27/21 7:10 AM

Hisarya – a town with rich history and medicinal waters

Many Bulgarians opt for a healthy vacation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Choosing a holiday destination in Sredna Gora mountain range rich in medicinal mineral water and clean air is the perfect option. The town of Hisarya attracts tourists..

published on 2/21/21 9:00 AM