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Celebrating Midwife’s Day (Babinden) in the village of Lozen near Sofia

Just like other holidays, Babinden is celebrated on two different dates – January 8 th , according to the Gregorian calendar and on January 21 st , according to the Julian calendar. According to traditional beliefs, it is the last one of the..

21.01.20 14:53 |

Ethnographic exhibition in Sofia presents symbols of fertility from North Macedonia

The richness and diversity of cults and fertility rituals in the Balkan region can be seen in a museum exhibition from the Republic of North Macedonia. It has been arranged in five halls of the National Ethnographic Museum at the Knyaz Palace in..

29.10.19 15:42 |

11 countries participate in Vitosha International Folklore Festival

For the 23rd time, Sofia hosts the Vitosha International Folklore Festival. This year's cultural event includes musicians, dancers and singers from 11 countries, among them Mexico, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Peru, Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and others. The..

17.07.19 14:55 |

Vampires in Bulgarian folk songs

Five years ago, an interesting and unexplored topic provoked Radoslav Gizgindzhiev to research a vast number of ethnographic materials, folklore beliefs and archives of Bulgarian folk songs. Two years later he wrote his diploma work, entitled..

11.05.19 08:00 |

Verka Siderova: "I am happy I was part of golden generation of Bulgarian folk singers!"

Her warm and beautiful voice always reminds us of magnificent performances of famous Bulgarian folk songs. Hundreds of recordings keep attracting fans and new listeners, despite the fact renowned singer Verka Siderova stepped off the stage long..

26.04.19 10:50 |

Pirin Ensemble has received the highest recognition at prestigious Mallorca Festival

This year the folklore ensemble "Pirin" – Blagoevgrad celebrates its 65th birthday. The list of awards won in Bulgaria and around the world is impressive. Among them is a "Grammy" for participation in the second album of the series "Le Mystère des..

19.04.19 11:23 |

Jamala – mythical creature that visits Bulgarians to give joy and courage in the New Year

Each year around Ivanovden, which used to be marked on January 20, according to the old calendar, in many villages in the regions of Sofia, Rousse and Lovech a folk ritual known as Jamala is performed. It is a male feast and is part of the..

18.01.19 16:06 |

Singer Snezhana Borissova: "Old folklore songs are pure spring which we draw wisdom from"

In current dynamic times when futile speech, debates and fake information streams are common, the ancient folk song is a sort of salvation from the noise and vanity that surround us. It is a peculiar island of purity and wisdom that many look..

11.11.17 08:00 |

Magdalena Morarova, the singer of the Bansko folklore tradition

It is 90 years since the birth of Magdalena Morarova - the singer who shall be remembered for the emblematic song Petruno, pile shareno (Pretty lass Petruna), a song known and loved by all Bulgarians. Magdalena Morarova has recorded..

21.06.16 12:09 |

Folk Albums 2016

The fans of traditional folk music enjoyed new recordings in 2016. The recordings include singers and instrumentalists from different generations and representatives of various styles. Kanaraormanski Rachenik is a piece from Theodosii Spassov’s..

29.12.16 14:54 |
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