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Trifon Zarezan (St. Trifon the Pruner), folk-wise

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio03_eng_29_01_10.mp3 The Bulgarian holiday of vine-growers and wine-makers Trifon Zarezan is so popular that it is celebrated both in accordance with the old and the new holiday calendar, i.e. at present..

published on 2/12/10 3:57 PM

“From the source” – recordings from the National Folk Festivals in Koprivshtitza

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Myzika/audio02_eng_11_02_10.mp3 For decades now the ancient Bulgarian town of Koprivshtitza in Central Bulgaria has hosted the National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore. This big event started in 1965, and since then..

published on 2/12/10 3:41 PM

Bulls are angels: St. Vlass day superstitions

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Myzika/audio01_eng_09_02_10.mp3 In times long past bulls used be sacred animals for farming communities. Here is the story of traditional homage accorded to farming bulls. Traditional belief has it that the Earth..

published on 2/10/10 11:10 AM

The symbolic meaning of wine

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Myzika/audio03_eng_08_02_10.mp3 Trifon Zarezan has always been one of the best-loved traditional holidays in Bulgaria. This is the holiday of vine-growers and wine-makers. At present it is celebrated on February 1,..

published on 2/9/10 12:03 PM

Folk Events of 2009

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Myzika/audio01_eng_25_01_10.mp3 As any year 2009 was also full of folk events – remarkable anniversaries, touching concerts and holidays. In today’s Time Out for Music on Radio Bulgaria we bring you some of the most..

published on 1/26/10 9:28 AM

Midwife’s Day

Bulgarian folk tradition celebrates on January 21 Midwife’s Day, popularly known as Granny’s Day. In modern times, the date January 21 is marked as the day of childbirth assistance. Folk Studio brings more on the traditional way of celebrating Midwife’s Day...

published on 1/22/10 8:52 AM

Walnut oil, sesame oil: dainties in Bulgarian traditional meals

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio04_eng_18_01_10.mp3 This is Radio Bulgaria’s FOLK STUDIO Today’s craze for healthy lifestyles has worked to revive interest in the diet secrets of the Bulgarian traditional meals. Rumyana Panayotova..

published on 1/19/10 10:37 AM

Romantic Winter Songs

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio04_eng_15_01_10.mp3 In today’s FOLK STUDIO, you will find out how winter turns into a romantic season. The first song paints a winter picture. Icy winds are whistling on a winter evening above the pine..

published on 1/19/10 9:07 AM
Taking the cross out of the water on St. Jordan's Day

Jordan’s Day (Epiphany) and St. John’s Day

The first day is known as male Voditsi, the second – as female Voditsi (waters). The name actually comes from the tradition of performing a number of rituals involving water. It is believed that through them, people, the earthly world and the universe are..

published on 12/30/09 10:07 AM

Lent or fasting in Bulgaria

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio04_eng_19_12_09.mp3 Christmas day in this country is also connected with the end of forty days of fasting, which starts on November 15. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church says that fasting is fighting..

published on 12/21/09 3:05 PM