Traditions

Koleda

This winter festival, named after Kolyada, the Slavic god of winter, is known in Britain as Christmas.
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Trifon Zarezan

Trifon Zarezan Trifon Zarezan is the patron saint of vineyards but he is an embodiment from the Thracian cult of…
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Baba Marta

The month of March is still personified in Bulgaria as Grandmother March, an old woman whose mood is as variable…
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Nestinarstvo fire dancing

Nestinarstvo fire dancing There are now only a few genuine Nestinari/Nestinarki (male/female fire dancers) left. They enter into a spiritual…
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Koukeri

are masked male dancers, who wear fantastic, often animal like masks (like the one pictured above), and huge bronze cowbells…
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Krali Marko

The epic hero Krali Marko on his horse Sharkoliya Krali Marko was a real historical person who lived in the…
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Ancient style of singing

Bulgaria’s ancient style of singing, famed throughout the world for its haunting vocals and exquisite harmonies, surely follows in the…
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Traditional fold costumes

The soukman dress was the most widely spread women's dress, most often a sleeveless dress, but in some places it…
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Bulgarian Fold Instruments

The Gaida (bagpipe)Gaida (bagpipe) is one of the most characteristic folk instruments of Bulgaria. It is said that a traditional…
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Samodivi

(also samovili and yudi) There are many tales about these wild female nymphs of the waters, woodlands and the mountains,…
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