A national folklore festival is taking place in Avramovo – the highest-altitude railway station in the Balkans. The festival kicked off at midday, when the main trainsets arrive from Septemvri and Dobrinishte along the narrow-gauge track. The..
Local craftsmen present handmade works along the so-called Street of Crafts in Bulgaria's town of Troyan in the Balkan Mountain. The municipal authorities provided the local artisans with a terrain for their stands as a form of support amid the..
"Wonderful summer evenings await us, filled with songs, dances and the sea breeze," says the folk singer from the Strandzha region, Zlatka Stavreva, artistic director of the upcoming music and dance festival entitled Folklore Pletenitsa...
On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29), called by Bulgarians Petrovden , we also celebrate the Day of Craftsmen. In Bulgarian lands ancient traditions related to handmade jewelry, national costumes, household items and other items..
Enyovden (Midsummer's Day) is one of the most beloved holidays in the folk calendar of Bulgarians, which has deep roots in our traditions, thinking, and beliefs. It has a fixed date - always it is marked on June 24. It is also called St. John of..
“Vivovden will come and then we shall all see” is a popular Bulgarian saying, used as a warning that no evil might remain unpunished. In the traditional notions of the Bulgarians “Vidovden” in the meaning of “Day of Justice” comes..
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..
"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..
“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..
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..
The 77th evening of anti-government protests in Bulgaria began with an action of the Justice for Everyone NGO in front of the Sofia Court House, BNR has..
Tensions between protesters and police marked the "Third Great People's Uprising" rally, with protesters calling for the resignation of the..
The Covid-19 pandemic brought about a sharp decline in the number of foreign tourists coming to Bulgaria. The travel restrictions also stopped..