Survakari will chase away the coronavirus in villages near Bulgaria’s Pernik

Traditionally, the residents of villages in the region of Bulgaria’s Pernik will light the ritual fires also this year to celebrate the Surva holiday. The custom, which is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, dictates that locals disguise..

published on 1/13/21 4:15 PM

Important rituals and merriment are part of Babinden

Babinden is one of the biggest national holidays dedicated to women. It is an integral part of the triad of Voditsi , together with Epiphany and Ivanovden (Day of St. John the Baptist) - related to the health and purifying power of the water, on..

published on 1/8/21 5:30 AM

Ivanovi Vlachugi ritual chases away evil and brings health

Ivanovden (the feast of St. John the Baptist) is one of the most revered Bulgarian winter holidays. On this day, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors the memory of St. John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament prophets who..

published on 1/7/21 7:50 AM

Kukeri banish evil forces in Razlog

As is the tradition, this morning kukeri in the town of Razlog came out to banish the forces of evil on the first day of the new year, BGNES reports. People in Razlog woke up to the beating of drums and the ringing of bells this misty..

published on 1/1/21 12:56 PM

A look at New Year’s traditions for health and prosperity

We are sending off a difficult year, full of unexpected events and changes. In isolation or simply observing social distancing, whether or not theyagree with the measures against the as yet new virus, people are thinking about the future,..

published on 12/31/20 2:50 PM

Survachka - the magic wand of Bulgarians

The first hours of the New Year in Bulgaria begin with the custom of “survakane” - a ritual tour around the village by a group of children or bachelors who carry a specially decorated wooden twig called "survachka" and pat wit it family..

published on 12/31/20 10:15 AM

Christmas spirit in Tsarevo and Tsarevets

The outgoing year has brought many disappointments to Bulgarian amateur artists as they faced difficult choices and decisions. Nevertheless, Margarita Petkova and Georgi Iliev are optimistic. They do not know each other, but they have a common..

published on 12/26/20 8:20 AM

Pandemic reminds us of the family character and traditions of Christmas

This year, the Christmas and New Year holidays will be much more different. One of the mandatory elements of this period of the year – the Christmas parties, are now absent from our to do list. Moreover, we have less opportunities to get into the..

published on 12/23/20 9:05 AM

We mark day of Saint Varvara, protectress of children

Saint Varvara (or Saint Barbara) is the female saint to whom the fourth day of December is dedicated, as she is venerated by both Orthodoxy and Catholicism. Special chants describing her feat are performed during the church service on this day...

published on 12/4/20 5:45 AM

Todor Todorov – the living encyclopedia of folklore

Among Bulgaria’s folklore musicians Todor Todorov is a true legend. For his knowledge of Bulgarian folklore, especially the performers, he is respected by the most thorough of researchers. And he learnt it all by himself – from recordings and..

published on 10/11/20 6:00 AM