More about nestinari and fire dancing - a first-person story

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..

published on 6/3/20 7:05 AM
Rain on Spassovden is dear – every drop is believed to be worth a golden coin. Folk belief has it that if it rains on this day, the crop yields will be abundant!

Bulgarian folk beliefs and customs on Spasovden

"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..

published on 5/28/20 11:53 AM

Toma Belev’s magnificent collection of 19th-20th century aprons

“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..

updated on 5/22/20 12:01 PM

Mice in folklore beliefs and traditions

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..

updated on 5/21/20 4:22 PM

Lazarus Saturday - a holiday that brings us hope even in difficult times

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..

published on 4/11/20 6:20 AM

Petar Krumov:Look at Dobrudja Plain and you will realize that it is worth working for its infinity

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..

published on 3/28/20 9:10 AM

Peyo Peev about his new album and the important professional meetings

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..

published on 3/21/20 8:10 AM

Village near Razlog celebrates Todorovden with horse races

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...

published on 3/7/20 8:15 AM

The kukeri come out on Cheesefare Sunday

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..

published on 2/26/20 12:12 PM

Kostadin Genchev: “Folklore is an inexhaustible treasure trove”

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..

published on 2/11/20 9:50 AM