Fire-dancing is an ancient custom performed by a closed community of “nestinari” and it has been shrouded in mystery and mysticism for centuries. In 2009, the ritual was included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and in the National..
"Spasovden" is the popular name of the Feast of the Ascension, which the Orthodox Church celebrates on the fortieth day after Easter. In Bulgarian folklore traditions, the holiday is associated primarily with the belief that on Thursday before..
“Aprons have played an important role in the life of women. The first thing the newborn girl was wrapped up in was the old apron of her paternal grandmother, a ritual symbolizing the passing on of power. There are different kinds of..
Charismatic, intelligent, creative, extremely active and gregarious… According to the Chinese horoscope these are just some of the admirable qualities possessed by people born in the Year of the Rat – the first of the 12 years from the Chinese..
There was a time in the past when the streets of Bulgarian villages were filled with the songs of the lazarki girls on Saint Lazarus Saturday, performing the traditional ritual called “lazaruvane”. In this Bulgarian custom, young girls would..
A life dedicated to traditional Dobrudja music. These words most precisely determine the creative contribution of the renowned Bulgarian composer and conductor Petar Krumov. His dedication to the Dobrudja heritage is proven by the..
Meetings (Sreshti) is the name of the second single album of Bulgaria’s renowned rebec-player Peyo Peev who is also a soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra. Peyo Peev is a brilliant musician, but he is also a talented composer..
According to popular belief, from Todorovden ( Saint Theodore’s Day ) onwards, the day begins to grow and the weather gets warmer and warmer. It is believed that on this day everyone who has a horse should take part in the festive horse races...
The idea of the kukeri (mummer) tradition is to showcase nature as it dies and then comes back to life – an inseparable element of traditional belief in Bulgaria. Imitating the acts of ploughing, sowing and harvesting, an initiation into..
Folk music is the life and calling for the famous Bulgarian shepherd’s flute player Kostadin Genchev. He recently rounded up his 50 th anniversary that accumulated the inspired work of this renowned musician - a virtuoso instrumentalist, making..
Spread of Covid-19 among young people threatens the elderly: Chief Health Inspector In the last 4 weeks, the percentage of those newly diagnosed..
Intensified inspections are starting in 20 nursing homes in the Varna region after more than 100 positive samples for coronavirus have been registered in..
Belgium is introducing a mandatory quarantine for persons arriving from two regions in Bulgaria - the Northeast and the Southwest region, Belgium's..