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Ivan Vazov (June 27, 1850 - September 22, 1921)
6/27/2014 9:02:00 AM
Ivan Vazov was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright. He was born in Sopot, a town situated in the Rose valley of Bulgaria.
The date of Vazov's birth is indisputable, although the poet didn't know it exactly. His mother, Suba, was neighbour of Mintcho Vazov's, who liked her beforehand. Ivan Vazov inherited series of human virtues from his father. His mother excessively influenced his development.
After finishing the primary school in Sopot, Mintcho sent his son to Kalofer, appointing him assistant teacher. After the years of exams in Kalofer, the young teacher returned to Sopot in his father's grocery to help him with his work. The next year his father sent him to Plovdiv to Naiden Gerov's school. There Vazov made his first steps as a poet.
He returned in Sopot and was sent again to Olteniţa in Romania lately to study trade. But Vazov didn't show a keen interest in trade. He was immersed in his poet world. Soon he left Oltenita and went to Brăila where he met Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian revolutionary and poet. From Brăila he went to Galaţi to his uncle. There he met Botev again.
In 1874 he joined the struggle for his country's liberation, and had to flee after the unsuccessful April uprising of 1876.
Vazov started writing his famous poems with Botev and some immigrants. After his stay in Galatsi he went to Istanbul. Arriving back to Bulgaria with the help of his father he started teaching. Vazov's next stay is in Svistov where he became a civil servant.
Vazov's 1893 novel Under the Yoke, which depicts the Ottoman oppression of Bulgaria, is the most famous piece of classic Bulgarian literature. Later in his life Vazov was a prominent and widely respected figure in the social and cultural life of newly independent Bulgaria.
Feast day of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and the Rila Monastery
10/19/2014 8:00:00 AM
On 19 October the Bulgarian Church celebrates the discovery of the imperishable holy remains of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and also their moving ...
October 18 - St .Luke's Day
10/18/2014 8:00:00 AM
St.Luke, Holy Apostle and Evangelist, who wrote about the life of Jesus, used to be a good healer and a talented artist.
Today is PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday)
10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Paraskeva, Petko, Petyo, Petka, Petkana, Penka, Pencho.
Today is World Smile Day
10/5/2014 9:10:00 AM
As is Harvey Ballwell known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963.
POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy Protection of Mother of God)
10/1/2014 8:43:00 AM
Pokrov, as the feast HOLY PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD is popular in BG, is a Slavonic term meaning “veil” or “mantle”, signifying protection. This feast today is primarily observed by the Eastern Slavic Churches - Catholic and Orthodox.
Plovdiv marks European Bat Night
9/30/2014 2:52:08 PM
The European Bat Night will be marked tonight at King Simeon gardens in Plovdiv.
70th edition of Plovdiv Technical Fair opens
9/29/2014 2:00:00 PM
The 70th edition of the International Autumn Technical Fair opened in Bulgaria’s second largest city Plovdiv.
Tsvetana Pironkova starts in China Open with victory
9/26/2014 3:33:19 PM
Bulgaria’s best tennis lady Tsvetana Pironkova started with a victory her performance at the China Open tournament in Beijing
Balkan Fair of Crafts 2014
9/25/2014 3:34:32 PM
Regional Chamber of Crafts Plovdiv organizes Autumn Balkan Fair of Crafts in Plovdiv.
The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv marks 50th jubilee
9/24/2014 3:45:12 PM
Plovdiv has many reasons to feel a sense of pride this year. After being elected Bulgaria’s European capital of culture, 2019 at the end of September, it is now marking another important event – the 50th jubilee of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in the city.