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The main Bulgarian celebration events are : * Martenitsa, all of March, beginning with the 1st of march * Nestinari * Kukeri * Koleda (Christmas), Koledari * Velikden (Easter) * Bulgarian Name Days, Name Days * International Mother's Day, March 8 * Independence Day, March 3 * Sveti, Sveti Kiril i Metodii, May 24 Other Bulgarian customs, specific for Bulgaria, worship God, the saints, the nature, the health, and chase away bad spirits : * St. Andrew's Day (Bulgaria), St. Andrew's Day - 30 November * Antonovden - 17 January * Archangelden - 8 November * Christmas Eve (Bulgaria), Christmas Eve * Bulgarian budnik, Budnik * Easter(Bulgaria), Easter * Valtchi praznici * St George's Day (Bulgaria), St George's Day * German (Mythology), German * Dragon chasing (Bulgaria), Dragon chasing * Gorestnici - 28,29,30 July * Dimitrovden - 26 October * St John's Eve (Bulgaria), St John's Eve - 24 June * Need-fire (Bulgaria), Need-fire * Trifon Zarezan - 1 February / 14 February * Horse riding Todorovden - 1st Saturday of Lent * Feast of the Cross (Bulgarien), Feast of the Cross - 14 September * Lazarice (Lazarus Saturday) - 8 days before Easter in the name of Lazarus of Bethany, Lazarus * Maccabees (Bulgarian custom), Maccabees - ab 1 August for 12 days, to remember the Maccabees * Mratinci - Chasing of bad spirits, 14 November * Nestinarstvo - Fire dance * Nikulden - 6 December * Pali Kosh - 2 March - circle dances around a Campfire * Dodola * Petliovden - 20 January - Praying for a better harvest * Rusalska sedmica - Dance procession like Exorcism, one week after Pentecost * Sirni zagovezni - On Sunday, seven weeks before Easter. Jumping over the campfire and juggling with fire * Surva (Beginning of the new year), Kukeri (At the beginning of the new year and on Sirni zagovezni) and Koledari (on Christmas), * Todorova nedelja - The period between Sirni zagovezni and Todorovden * Dogs swinging - The first Monday of the period Todorova nedeljaВасилева, Маргарита. Календарни празници и обичаи. В: Добруджа. Етнографски, фолклорни и езикови проучвания. БАН. София, 1974. стр. 320. * Throwing willow branches into water spring on Pentecost * Throwing wood crosses into water spring on Iordanovden, the 6th of January to remember the Baptism of Jesus


Literature

* Българска народна митология. Енциклопедичен речник. Съст. Анани Стойнев. Изд. гр. 7М+Логис, София, 1994. * ''Маринов Димитър'' Народна вяра и религиозни народни обичаи. Второ фототипно издание. — София, 1994. * ''Маринов Д.'' Жива старина. Книга перва: Верванията или суеверията на народа. — Руссе, 1891. 189 с.


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Small booklet about Bulgarian customs, traditions and celebrations
Free PDF booklet by Bulgaria Info-Online Magazine
Българските традицииОrenda-bg.net
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