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Beauty in the past of Bulgaria
Figures of Plovdiv
History of Plovdiv
Traditions & NameDays
Traditions & NameDays
Traditions & NameDays
As early as 7000 years B.C., 3000 years before the Egyptians, traders from this land, now known as Bulgaria, had crossed up and down the Mediterranean. This long and winding history gave a source of not only great national pride but also an inspiration for a new national spirit. Much has perished through all these millennia, but even more has remained - a rich spiritual world which will shower you with the colours, rhythms and melodious songs of living Bulgarian folklore, the unfading beauty of Bulgarian arts and crafts, the gaiety and vivacity of Bulgarian festivals and customs, the piquant taste of Bulgarian cuisine and the delicate fragrance of Bulgarian wines.
Plovdiv region and the city, villages and towns therein, with its remnants of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman civilizations, count among their wealth an unusually diverse culture, parts of which have remained unchanged for centuries. In this section of Plovdiv Guide, we offer you a trip through the land which has been so richly endowed by God with elegant beauty and invite you to discover its traditions, customs and rituals.
SIRNI ZAGOVEZNI (Shrove Sunday/ Cheese Fasting) - no fixed date
Ritual table: cheese pastry, rite bread, cheese pumpkin, eggs, white halvah with nuts, fish.Seven weeks before Easter and one week after the Meat Fasting is celebrated Shrove Sunday, also known as...
EASTER LENT / GREAT LENT (the Fast before Easter) - no fixed date
Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as ...
TODOROVDEN - no fixed date
Name day of everyone named Todor, Todorka, Teodor/a, Theo, Dora.Ritual table: rite bread, lentils, mushroom soup.The first Saturday of the Easter Lent, the East Orthodox calendar celebrat...
LAZAROVDEN (St. Lazarus’ Day) - no fixed date
Name day for everyone having the name of Lazar, Lazo, Lazarina, Lara.Lazarovden (the day before Tsvetnisa-Vrubnitsa, Palm Sunday) - the Lazarovden (Lazarus Day) ceremonies, called "laza...
TSVETNITSA - VRUBNITSA (Palm Sunday) - no fixed date
Name day of everyone named after a flower, bush or tree (Tsvetelina, Lilia, Yavor, Yassen, Roza, Iglika, Violeta, Varban, Latinka, Temenuga, Karamfila, Zdravko, Kamelia etc).Palm Sunday is the fir...
HOLY WEEK before Easter - no fixed date
The HOLY WEEK before Easter:Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suf...
EASTER SUNDAY (the Sunday of the Holy Week) - no fixed date
Name day of everyone named Velichko, Velichka, Velika, Veliana, Velina, Villi, Svetla.This great feast is also known as Veliden, Vliden, Vazkresenie Hristovo. The Sunday after the first springtime...
THE WEEK AFTER EASTER ( “The Week of St. Thomas”) - no fixed date
The Sunday of that week - name day of Toma (the BG version of Thomas).The Wednesday of the New Week after Easter, two rituals are performed, which according to the folklore traditions are directed...
SPASSOVDEN (40 Days after Easter) - no fixed date
Name day of everyone named Spas, Spaska.SPASSOVDEN (always on Thursday, 40 Days after Easter - “Ascension Day” or “Ascension of the Lord”): The great feast called the Spass...
PENTECOST / HOLY TRINITY (50 Days after Easter ) - no fixed date
50 Days after Easter is the feastday Pentecost (Whitsunday), also called Holy Trinity. The Holy Ghost feastday is on the following day.Name day of everyone called Trayko, Trayan, Trayana...
International Agra 2017 Exhibition starts in Plovdiv
2/22/2017 12:00:00 PM
In the period February 22 to 26 the international Agra 2017 agricultural exhibition takes place in B...
MESNI ZAGOVEZNI (Meat Fasting Day)
2/19/2017 11:00:00 AM
Mesni Zagovezni (Meat Fasting Day) - celebrated 8 Sundays before Easter. After the All Souls; Day (G...
Anniversary of the death of Vassil Levski
2/19/2017 9:00:00 AM
Today is the 142rd anniversary of the death of one of the greatest fighters for Bulgarian independen...
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