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Horse races on Todorovden – an undying tradition

Todorovden is always marked on the first Saturday of the Great Lent. The holiday is on the border between winter and spring and people have dedicated it to horses. It is believed that the rituals on this day ensure good health for..

published on 3/20/21 8:00 AM

Remembering Bulgaria’s prominent folk singer Lyubka Rondova

On March 15, five years ago, Lyubka Rondova, one of the most beloved folk singers of Bulgaria , passed away. Calling herself the daughter of the Aegean, she perceived performing the songs of her homeland as her mission and the meaning of..

published on 3/15/21 2:02 PM

Embroideries from Sofia region preserve prehistoric knowledge and wisdom

"Prehistoric symbols in the svilenik (silk embroidered sleeves) from the Sofia region" is an extremely interesting study. The book is in two parts, authored by Julia Boeva. A graduate of the Pancho Vladigerov National Music, Doctor of Arts, she..

published on 3/13/21 10:00 AM
Women's folklore group Germaneya

Amateur art - love, need and tradition

March 1 st is a day much loved by all Bulgarians - the day we give each other martenitsas. These red and white amulets for health are yet another sign - the Day of the Amateur Artists in Bulgaria has come. Founded with this name in 1976 by a decision..

published on 3/1/21 6:05 AM

Bulgaria’s Rumyana Beleva takes inspiration from her grandmother's treasure chests

Veneration, sacrament, mystery - everyone can choose the most appropriate word for the emotion they experience when opening their grandmother's treasure chest. Touching the canvas woven by her hands, we seem to feel the energy of a..

published on 2/14/21 5:40 AM

The living traditions in Bulgaria’s small village of Banichan

In the small village of Banichan, located in the Pirin Mountain in southwestern Bulgaria, several centuries-old traditions are still alive today, which convey information about the local life, worldviews, beliefs and human relationships...

published on 1/31/21 6:00 AM

Chaushi, arapi, babugeri and dzhumali – Evo Danchev and his magical mummers

Shortly after the euphoria around the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Bulgaria, it is now time for the processions of masked dancers. Bulgaria’s kukeri dancers (mummers) dress in costumes made of animal hair, don scary masks and belts..

published on 1/24/21 7:05 AM

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