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Winter tales

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio05_eng_19_12_09.mp3 Winter in Bulgaria these days is not as severe as the older generations remember it. We’ll tell you, however, what the folk legends and fairy tales say about it. Bulgarian..

published on 12/19/09 12:02 PM

Cornel-tree twig, wild-geranium posy and ritual loaf of bread in Christmas and New Year traditions

An entire world could be enshrined in a ritual Bulgarian Christmas loaf of bread. The sun steps down from the heavens to shine from the round loaf of ritual bread. The Earth is re-incarnated in the wheat, from whose flour the loaf is baked. Symbolic..

published on 12/19/09 11:41 AM
Survakari (carol singers)

New luck with the New Year

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio07_eng_19_12_09.mp3 The entire cycle of holiday celebrations starting with Christmas and ending with Epiphany, January 6, is dedicated to making wishes, giving blessings and engaging in soothsaying..

published on 12/19/09 11:18 AM

St. Basil’s Day and St. Sylvester’s day or the New Year’s Eve soothsaying for love and spouse of the Bulgarians

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio08_eng_19_12_09.mp3 According to the Bulgarian tradition, the early risers on the first morning of the New Year were the unmarried girls and young men. It was no surprise, as the January 1, or St...

published on 12/18/09 12:44 PM
Winter delicacies

The traditional Bulgarian winter diet

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio06_eng_19_12_09.mp3 By tradition Bulgarians prepare the most lavish variety of dishes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The culinary choice is amazing. The diversity of dishes is of special importance..

published on 12/18/09 12:27 PM
A group of men performing the caroling ritual in the town of Targovishte.

The Bulgarian Christmas

The way Christmas is celebrated in Bulgaria nowadays is very similar to the way this is done around the world - festoons, Christmas trees, men dressed up like Father Christmas giving out presents. Fortunately for us, alongside these festive elements,..

published on 12/18/09 12:05 PM

Virgin Mary gives birth to God

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio03_eng_19_12_09.mp3   Traditional Bulgarian folk songs abound in slice-of-life stories. They convey a message of the well being of ordinary people in the coming year. That is why the tour of Xmas..

published on 12/17/09 11:57 AM

Ignazhden (St. Ingatius' day), folk-wise

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio02_eng_15_12_09.mp3   According to tradition, the Christmas holidays in Bulgaria start on December 20, Ignazhden, named after St. Ignatius of Antioch - and go on until December 27. In that period..

published on 12/16/09 11:47 AM

Bulgarian Christmas miracles

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio04_eng_14_12_09.mp3 Christmas is miracle time. The first who find out about season’s miracles, are the traditional Christmas carol singers who then spread the word among the community. These ritual..

published on 12/15/09 12:34 PM

Best-preferred traditional gifts

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio03_eng_14_12_09.mp3 The present-day exciting exchange of presents on Christmas and New Year was unknown to the traditional Bulgarian culture. Traditional ways of giving presents followed different..

published on 12/10/09 11:35 AM