Bulgaria’s potential to boost transit supplies of Azerbaijan’s gas, catering to both Western Balkan countries and European regions along the south-north axis, was highlighted by the Speaker of the National Assembly during his meeting with President Ilham
Bulgaria Celebrates with Christmas Eve Traditions
People around Bulgaria are honoring with their families Christmas traditions celebrating Christmas Eve Saturday night.
In the Bulgarian Orthodox tradition Christmas Eve – in Bulgarian "Badni Vechev" ("Бъдни вечер") – the night when Jesus Christ was born – the entire family comes around a Christmas table marking the end of Lent.
Practices may vary across the country, but there are some basic traditions observed throughout Bulgaria.
The numbers attending the celebratory evening meal have to be uneven in number, with at least seven people present. The food is Lenten, marking the end of the 40-day Lent fast. Therefore there is no meat on the table of the strict traditionalists.
The number of dishes is also uneven. Favorites include stuffed peppers, rice wrapped in leaves, beans, lentils, pumpkin and dried fruit. The more dishes there are on the table, the richer should the following year be.
Bread plays a central part in the meal. The head of the family breaks the freshly-prepared loaf after uttering a prayer. The first piece is placed to the left of a religious icon in the room; the second is for the house; and the reminder is shared by all present. The person who finds a coin buried in the dough is regarded as especially lucky throughout the coming year.
No-one should leave the table during the meal and, when it is finished, the dishes remain there – they are not cleared up. It is believed that the deceased later come to enjoy the remainder of the meal.
Strict tradition demanded that a fire be built in the hearth, with enough wood to burn all night and into Christmas Day, to help with the new birth of the sun.
Nowadays, Christmas tree with lighted candles symbolize this ritual. The main colors of all decorations are red, yellow and gold - the colors of sun and fire, and lit candles are like the sparks from the burning Yule log.
At midnight, carol singers may begin their rounds, calling at neighbors' houses, or the family may attend a midnight mass, bearing candles, ushering in Christmas Day.
We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!
Today, Bulgarians mark the anniversary of the nation's deadliest earthquake, the haunting memories of the catastrophic event that struck 47 years ago resurface,
As the March 3 national holiday weekend comes to a close, travelers are advised to brace themselves for heavy traffic on major roads and highways across the country
Bulgaria commemorated its 146th anniversary of liberation from Ottoman rule with grand celebrations spanning across the nation
Today, on the revered national holiday of March 3, thousands of Bulgarians congregated at the historic Shipka peak and its surroundings to commemorate the sacrifices made for the country's freedom.
As Bulgaria commemorates its National Day on March 3rd, nearly 400,000 Bulgarians residing in Germany join in the celebration, highlighting the vibrant and dynamic presence of the Bulgarian diaspora in the country
Every year on March 3rd, Bulgarians come together to celebrate their National Holiday, marking a pivotal moment in their history – the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule