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A trip to the Rose Valley in the season of the “queen of flowers”

A legend has it that a Bulgarian who returned from Persia planted the first rose flower in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley. When the man was still in Persia, he fulfilled the will of a rich and powerful shah to build a mosque in the courtyard of his..

published on 5/28/21 4:30 PM

On May 24th Bulgarians celebrate spiritual development, culture and education

For Bulgarians, May 24 is one of the brightest days of the year. It is a celebration of spiritual elevation, of striving for perfection through the achievements of science and culture. On this day we celebrate the work of the educators of the..

published on 5/24/21 6:15 AM

Petrich Fortress touches the sky above the Avren Plateau

The late antique fortress of Petrich Kale has nothing to do with the town of Petrich in Southwestern Bulgaria. The fortification is located on the edge of the Avren Plateaue not far from Bulgaria’s sea capital Varna. Once, the fortress was..

published on 5/16/21 5:55 AM

Folkwise: beliefs and legends about the wind

An old legend has it that all winds are born on Christmas Еve and baptized before Epiphany. In Bulgarian folklore, winds are classified first according to the four cardinal directions. The wind coming from the north is called Northerner, or..

published on 5/15/21 6:00 AM

370 years since the printing of the first Bulgarian book "Abagar"

Bulgaria marks 370 years since the publication of the first Bulgarian printed book - the collection of prayers "Abagar" . The book consists of five large sheets in the form of scrolls, on which short apocryphal prayers are printed  . The sheets..

published on 5/6/21 4:33 PM

Why is the first Easter egg always red?

Tradition says that Easter eggs must be painted on Maundy Thursday by the oldest woman in the family. Wealthier households would dye 500-600 eggs – for all members of the family, for relatives and guests, for paupers and for travelers. Dyes..

published on 4/29/21 6:05 AM

The Bulgarian treatment for postencephalitic parkinsonism based on belladonna

In 1900, a 24-year old man coming from the family of a herbalist from Sopot left for Constantinople to learn the secret of herbs . His name was Ivan Raev and two decades later he was to make a name for himself in Italy as the inventor of “cura..

published on 4/25/21 6:35 AM

More about Bulgarian yoghurt and Covid-19 treatment

Molecules in yoghurt are effective in treating a variety of inflammatory conditions, including "cytokine storms" caused by Covid-19 , researchers at Ben-Gurion University in southern Israel said. The scientists who identified the molecules -..

published on 4/24/21 6:00 AM

Discover the seven UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria

On occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day) held on April 18, Radio Bulgaria presents Bulgaria’s seven cultural sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: The ancient town of Nessebar is located..

published on 4/18/21 8:00 AM

Sleep – the gateway to other worlds

According to traditional belief while one is asleep the human soul or shadow departs from the body and leaves for the unknown and it is dreams that are the memories of these travels. Why we must never startle a person while they are..

published on 4/17/21 6:00 AM