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Samovodska Night Bazaar

This year’s Samovodska Night Bazaar festival on 19th September promises to be an even bigger affair than previous years with more involvement from Bulgaria’s cultural heritage supporters and includes local artisans demonstrating their crafts during the day with traditional live Read more…


Gabrovo Carnival

  Despite the drizzling May rain, everyone on the streets of Gabrovo is enthused in anticipation for the carnival’s procession: music is being played from the park’s stage and can also be heard from the surrounding streets by the troupes Read more…


A Good Egg: A Bulgarian Easter Tradition

Whether you’re religious or not, Bulgaria’s Easter tradition of dying eggs in different colours is great fun to do – with or without the kids! Our local neighbours in the village generously give us a huge bag of eggs every Read more…


Veliko Tarnovo Day

Veliko Tarnovo is accustomed to vibrant festivities but not even Bulgaria’s national holidays of Independence and Liberation Days have matched the hordes of revelers that the city experienced for the city’s weekend of celebrations which climaxed on the 22nd March. Read more…


St Theodore Day…

…Otherwise known as Todorovden is celebrated on the first Saturday of the first week of the (Orthodox) Lent.  It is customarily known as ‘Horse Easter’ and is another day that not only welcomes the beginning of spring but also the health Read more…


Liberation Day

  The Bulgarian people commemorate Liberation Day on the 3rd of March in celebration of the liberation of the Ottoman Empire in 1878 when the treaty of San Stefano was signed.   Months later, they were finally freed from nearly 500 years Read more…


Sveti Trifun Den

It’s only 10am but already fizzy pop bottles filled to the brim with homemade wine are lining up together on the table tops. Wine is not the only drink on today’s menu, but also rakia, a homemade grape brandy is Read more…


CHESTITA BABA MARTA!

On the days leading up to the 1st March, the streets of Bulgaria are filled with people buying, selling and giving martenitsi: red and white dolls, tassels and friendship bracelets.  The day harks back to pagan times to symbolise the coming Read more…


Kukeri

We celebrated the speedy dispersion of snow by getting out of town; it was the first time I’ve driven in nearly two months!  We returned to our village for Kukeri, a pagan festival which takes the form of a ritual Read more…


Rose Festival, Kazanluk

During the first weekend in June, all roads lead to Kazanluk, aka, The Valley of Roses.  Having followed the convoy of tourist buses and cars passed the rose fields that spread out across the dotted pink landscape around us, we Read more…