The Orthodox Christian Church dedicates St. Lazar’s day to St. Lazar, whom Jesus Christ raised from the dead on the fourth day after his burial to show him his gratitude for his hospitability. Our people call the holiday “Lazar”, “Lazaritsa” or “Lazar’s Saturday”. It does not have a fixed date in the calendar. It is always on Saturday, a week before Easter. It is characterized with several particularly interesting and ancient in their origin maiden’s customs – “lazaruvane”, “kumichene” and “boenek”. Early in the morning on St. Lazar’s day the dancers (“lazarki”), clad in new and clean maidens’ national costumes, decorated with wreaths and fresh posies on their heads, in groups, start going round the houses of the village. All the time they sing holiday ritual songs and perform their ritual dance, most often called “boenek”.
On 10th March is celebrated Mummer’s Day. From that day on during the whole week mummer’s dances are performed in south and east Bulgaria. The mummers – masked young men go round all the houses in the village to bring to the people health and fertility and the hosts give them plenty of gifts. At the end the mummers’ group symbolically starts ploughing and planting the “mummer’s filed” on the square in the middle of the village, thus they send the evil away and predestine welfare for the village and its inhabitants. The holiday ends with a mummer’s round dance on the square. The following days of the week the people consider as black days. Black Tuesday – also called dry Tuesday is thought to be the worst of all Tuesdays during the year. Mad Wednesday – they celebrate it in order to protect from madness. On scatter-brained Thursday the women should not roll yarn, should not work with yarn crutches in order to protect people from brain-scattering and giddiness. Black Friday is considered to be the worst of all 12 black Fridays throughout the year.
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UNESCO ambassadors from 45 countries are on a visit in Veliko Tarnovo. The guests are on a 8 day trip in Bulgaria. Visiting the Rila monastery, Boyana church, Kazanlak tomb, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi.
There are ambassadors, minsters and secretaries of the national commisions in UNESCO, as well as people on the behalf of tne Ministry of foregn affairs and Ministry of culture of Bulgaria.
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Unknown thieves tried to steal an ATM in the city of Biala cherkva, municipality of Pavlikeni, near Veliko Tarnovo, police officials said.
The bandits broke into the deli, housing the machine and got rid of the automated security system. Then they tried to cut away a metal part, keeping the ATM in its place. As they didn’t succeed, they left the machine alone, not taking any money from it.
But to make their run “count”, they took 230 levs from the food store and, cigarettes, liquor and some food.
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If you want to sense the true atmosphere of the past times and meet the sunrise awaken by the song of the first cocks, you must visit any of the Rhodopi villages. At the feet of the north-eastern slopes of the Perelik locality of the western Rhodopi and the south-west slopes of Chertanitsa you will find the village of Shiroka laka. It is officially recognized as an architecture and ethnographic reserve. The village is 24 km. away from Smolyan and 5 km. away from Pamporovo. Your visit to the village will give you a clear notion of the life style of Bulgarians about hundred years ago. You will see the Rhodopi as they were at times of the Bulgarian Renaissance. Most typical of all id the architecture of houses: Zgurovski mayoralty, where the ethnographic museum is located, the Kalaydzhiyska, the Grigorovska and the Bogdanovska houses. You can taste the traditional Bulgarian food and enjoy the folklore entertainment, or go sightseeing accompanied by a tourist guide.
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Ribaritsa is situated 12 km. to the east of Teteven.. The biggest attraction is the wild nature of the Balkan. The village bounders to the national park of Central Balkan and one of its nine green pearls – the Biospheric reserve of “Tsarichina”. Comfortable tourist roads lead to the two neighboring reserves of “Tsarichina”: “Boatin” to the south-west, and “Kozya stena” to the south-east. Starting from there the road leads to a number of mountain hostels. The village offers excellent conditions for rural and eco-tourism. Guests may enjoy the funny stories of the local people. The protected area of “Cherven rat” is very attractive for ornithologists. There one may observe a large variety of birds. One can enjoy a ride on the tourist train or mountain bike and visit the place where Georhi Benkovski was killed, near the Roman Bridge and the old villages of Bryazovo and Gorunyovo.
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Koprivshtitza is a national architectural reserve with entirely preserved architectural appearance since the Renaissance. It combines our historical past and splendid folklore with perfect mountain resort and ecological paradise. The Renaissance houses are the greatest treasure of Koprivshtitza. They are ancient, luxuriously decorated with fretworks, planes and frescoes, with cobblestone yards and motley flower-beds. The cobblestone streets with stone bridges over the mountain brooklets, fountains and snug little houses are unabolished part of the antique appearance of the town. You can take with you a real memento of the artistic crafts, practicing even to this day – fretwork, weaving, ceramics, and fragrant sweeties of aromatic wild fruit. The oak and pine forests, pure mountain water, favourable climate and temperate temperatures are suitable for the sterling rest and relish in this mountain paradise.