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7/15/2012 9:00:00 AM
The Orthodox Church commemorates on July 15, 16, and 17 the Saint Martyrs Kirik and Julita, Atinogen and Marina. They are considered to be the hottest summer days in Bulgaria and are known as Goreshtnitsi or the Dog Days. They are related to a number of bans for work on the field and at home. During the three days called Goreshtnitsi, no one comes out in the field to work, or harvests, or thrashes, or mows, or washes, or bakes bread, or cooks, or sews because old beliefs warn that fire will come down from the sky to set the sheaves ablaze. Legend has it that whoever pays no respect to these fiery holidays will end up with his house destroyed by fire. The people also predict the weather for the coming - if hot and sunny in the three days, then the winter days in January and March will be warm, with no snowstorms and blizzards. According to the legend if a man washes in hot mineral springs during the Dog Days he will be healthy in the year to come. In by-gone times, on the third day of the Goreshtnitsi, called St. Marina of Fire, households should renew the fire in the hearth. The fire in the fireplace is put out and a new one is made in a ritual way – by rubbing two sticks against each other. Housewives take some of the new fire, also called “living fire”, to their home. This ritual is said to symbolize the renewal of life, a fresh new cycle of life.
The archaeological findings ? an essential issue for Bulgaria
9/8/2003 12:00:00 AM
A new Thracian acropolis near the village of Novo Zhelezare was uncovered by the team of archaeologists, led by Dr. Georgi Kitov. It is part of the Thracian cult complex near the Starosel village. ...
In honour to the Day of Plovdiv
9/6/2003 12:00:00 AM
In honour to the Day of Plovdiv, after a 12-year silence, the first Singing Fountains in Bulgaria were released, working again in its full glory. The very pond the fountains are placed in, is part ...
The celebrations of the Day of Plovdiv
9/5/2003 12:00:00 AM
Each city has a special Feast Day to celebrate, and Plovdiv is not exclusion to that rule ? the citizens of Plovdiv celebrate the Plovdiv Day each year on September 6th. Our city will be very beaut...
The Pamporovo Mountain Resort
9/4/2003 12:00:00 AM
Information about the resort based on the Pamporovo Info Centre: Location: the Central Rhodopes Altitude: 1650 m Closest peak: Snezhanka Pe...
September ? the month of cultural events in Plovdiv
9/3/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on a publication from the Culture Pages of the Maritsa newspaperThe first item of news is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great artist Zlatuy Boyadzhiev, which will...
Cultural Events in the Balabanov House in the Old Town
9/2/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on a publication in the Maritsa newspaperYesterday the Plovdiv Mayor, Dr. Ivan Chomakov, opened the already traditional for Plovdiv National Autumn Painting Exhibition. The opening took p...
Exercise Cooperative Key 2003
9/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
The Defence Ministry has set a 2.4 million leva budget for the international air force exercise Cooperative Key 2003 in September, Air Force HQ commander Gen. Dimiter Georgiev told the press Thursd...
Kazanluk (Southern Bulgaria) and UNESCO
8/29/2003 12:00:00 AM
Kazanluk (Southern Bulgaria), - UNESCO is studying the Valley of Thracian Rulers project, UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura told BTA in response to a question. He is the first UNESCO ...
4.5 M Tourists to Visit Bulgaria in 2005
8/28/2003 12:00:00 AM
Bulgaria expects some 4.5 million foreign tourists in 2005, reads the Tourism Development Strategy, Deputy Minister of Economy Dimitar Hadjinikolov informed in Varna. US$2 million revenues to the f...
President Kwasniewski Cruised on a Warship
8/27/2003 12:00:00 AM
Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov cruised on a warship from the coastal city of Varna to Nessebar. The missile corvette 'Lightening...