A portrait of William Gladstone, the cover of the book “The Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East” and one of his caricatures.

William Ewart Gladstone and the Bulgarian cause

Prominent British politician, celebrated orator, journalist and writer William Ewart Gladstone was born on 29 December 1809. His name is associated with the struggles of the Bulgarian people for liberation from five centuries of Turkish rule. In connection..

published on 11/30/09 1:39 PM
The ratification documents for the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine gets signed on November 27, 1919

The Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine was signed on November 27, 1919 in the Paris suburb of the same name, to officially spell the end of Bulgaria’s involvement in World War I. This country joined the war in pursuit of its ideal for national unification with..

published on 11/25/09 1:55 PM
On November 21 the Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks the Day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple in Jerusalem, known also as the Day of Christian family and youth.

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – day of the Christian family and youth

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/aktualni/audio01_eng_17_11_09.mp3 The earliest evidence of the celebration dedicated to this particular event dates back to the 1st century A.D. In the 7th century Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople introduced..

published on 11/17/09 12:27 PM

The Day of St. Michael, the Archangel, November 8

On November 8, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church reveres the memory of the Holy Angels and in particular of St. Michael, the Archangel, leader of the Heavenly Armies against the spirits of evil and darkness. In Bulgarian church and popular calendars, the Day of..

published on 11/6/09 9:17 AM

The 1185 Uprising led by brothers Assen and Petar

October 26 is the day of the 1185 uprising, led by the brothers Assen and Petar that put an end to nearly two centuries of Byzantine domination in the Bulgarian lands. In 1018 the Byzantine Empire finally subjected Bulgaria to its power, and managed to..

published on 10/30/09 9:33 AM
This year the Ethnographic Institute with museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences turns 60.

Ethnographic Institute with museum turns 60

An Institute of Ethnic Studies was set up at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1947 with the purpose of exploring, studying and recording popular traditions, way of life and livelihood, both past and present. Two years on it merged with the National..

published on 10/29/09 12:03 PM

St. Dimitrius

ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Folklor/audio04_eng_28_10_09.mp3 The Bulgarian proverb has it that St. George (or Georgi in Bulgarian) brings the summer around, and St. Dimitrius (Dimitar in Bulgarian) – the winter. It mirrors an olden..

published on 10/29/09 9:40 AM

Exploring Rodostoyuk

For a third summer in a row, Ivailo Kanev from “Middle Ages” department of the National History Musem, has explored Rodostyuik fortress in the southern hills of Rhodope Mountain, near the border with Greece. “Our objective in 2009 has been to proceed with..

published on 10/22/09 12:58 PM

New, phototype edition of The Doyran Battles (1921)

The book The Doyran Battles 1915-1918 by Gen. Nikola Nedev has been recently re-released. Its author was commander in the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Pleven Division that defended the Doyran section during World War I. In the war Bulgaria was an..

published on 10/21/09 12:46 PM

Veliko Tarnovo keeps evidence of Independence proclamation

The Patriarchal church of Holy Ascension, known also as "the mother of Bulgarian churches", with its tower and bellfryThe solemn ceremony of the opening of the historical "40 Holy Martyrs" church on September 14 2006A panorama view..

published on 10/8/09 4:02 PM