Avramovo railway station

Third folklore festival takes place next to narrow-gauge railway track

A national folklore festival is taking place in Avramovo – the highest-altitude railway station in the Balkans. The festival kicked off at midday, when the main trainsets arrive from Septemvri and Dobrinishte along the narrow-gauge track.  The..

published on 8/8/20 2:22 PM
Street of Crafts in Bulgaria's town of Troyan

Local craftsmen present artwork at Street of Crafts in Bulgaria's Troyan

Local craftsmen present handmade works along the so-called Street of Crafts in Bulgaria's town of Troyan in the Balkan Mountain. The municipal authorities provided the local artisans with a terrain for their stands as a form of support amid the..

published on 7/11/20 12:40 PM

Seaside folklore festival in Bulgaria’s Kiten brings together artists from all over the country

"Wonderful summer evenings await us, filled with songs, dances and the sea breeze," says the folk singer from the Strandzha region, Zlatka Stavreva, artistic director of the upcoming music and dance festival entitled Folklore Pletenitsa...

published on 7/7/20 2:42 PM

Craftsman Stoyan Marinov creates folk costumes for the world stages

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29), called by Bulgarians Petrovden , we also celebrate the Day of Craftsmen. In Bulgarian lands ancient traditions related to handmade jewelry, national costumes, household items and other items..

published on 6/29/20 7:00 AM

It is Enyovden (Midsummer)

Enyovden (Midsummer's Day) is one of the most beloved holidays in the folk calendar of Bulgarians, which has deep roots in our traditions, thinking, and beliefs. It has a fixed date - always it is marked on June 24. It is also called St. John of..

published on 6/24/20 2:35 AM

Vidovden comes for everyone, according to Bulgarian folk beliefs

“Vivovden will come and then we shall all see” is a popular Bulgarian saying, used as a warning that no evil might remain unpunished. In the traditional notions of the Bulgarians “Vidovden” in the meaning of “Day of Justice” comes..

published on 6/15/20 6:40 AM

More about nestinari and fire dancing - a first-person story

Fire-dancing is an ancient custom performed by a closed community of “nestinari” and it has been shrouded in mystery and mysticism for centuries. In 2009, the ritual was included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and in the National..

published on 6/3/20 7:05 AM
Rain on Spassovden is dear – every drop is believed to be worth a golden coin. Folk belief has it that if it rains on this day, the crop yields will be abundant!

Bulgarian folk beliefs and customs on Spasovden

"Spasovden" is the popular name of the Feast of the Ascension, which the Orthodox Church celebrates on the fortieth day after Easter. In Bulgarian folklore traditions, the holiday is associated primarily with the belief that on Thursday before..

published on 5/28/20 11:53 AM

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..

updated on 5/22/20 12:01 PM

Mice in folklore beliefs and traditions

Charismatic, intelligent, creative, extremely active and gregarious… According to the Chinese horoscope these are just some of the admirable qualities possessed by people born in the Year of the Rat – the first of the 12 years from the Chinese..

updated on 5/21/20 4:22 PM