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The main Bulgarian celebration events are :

Martenitsa, all of March, beginning with the 1st of march Nestinari Kukeri Koleda
Koleda
(Christmas), Koledari Velikden
Velikden
(Easter) 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 - 30 November Antonovden - 17 January Archangelden - 8 November Christmas
Christmas
Eve Budnik Easter Valtchi praznici St George's Day German Dragon chasing Gorestnici - 28,29,30 July Dimitrovden - 26 October St John's Eve - 24 June Need-fire Trifon Zarezan - 1 February / 14 February Horse riding Todorovden - 1st Saturday of Lent Feast of the Cross - 14 September Lazarice
Lazarice
(Lazarus Saturday) - 8 days before Easter
Easter
in the name of Lazarus Maccabees
Maccabees
- ab 1 August for 12 days, to remember the Maccabees Mratinci
Mratinci
- Chasing of bad spirits, 14 November Nestinarstvo
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
Sirni zagovezni
- On Sunday, seven weeks before Easter. Jumping over the campfire and juggling with fire Surva (Beginning of the new year), Kukeri
Kukeri
(At the beginning of the new year and on Sirni zagovezni) and Koledari
Koledari
(on Christmas), Todorova nedelja - The period between Sirni zagovezni
Sirni zagovezni
and Todorovden Dogs swinging - The first Monday of the period Todorova nedelja[1] 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[edit]

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.

References[edit]

^ Василева, Маргарита. Календарни празници и обичаи. В: Добруджа. Етнографски, фолклорни и езикови проучвания. БАН. София, 1974. стр. 320.

External links[edit]

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

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