FOLKLORE AND CRAFTS
Bulgaria is a country with diverse cultural heritage. The Bulgarian national folklore is worldwide admired. Phenomenal Bulgarian folk singers and ensembles make our country known worldwide. Bulgarian song is included in the Golden Record, which is sent into space by the two U.S. spacecraft Voyager, which in 2004 left the confines of the solar system. The spacecraft Voyager 1, launched on September 5 /1982, carries a plaque with the record of the song “Izlel ye Delyo Haydutin”-
The Bulgarian folk dances are a fairy of colors and rhythm. They are unique. You can express thousands of feelings with them. They are perfectly fine, and any movement in them is beautiful and fully sculpted, which brings a sense of adequacy and joy. As if they bring us back in the time to that incredibly rich culture, that has been possession to our grandparents. There is hardly any other place in the world with such as small area and in the same time with so many different folklore regions. We survived and have kept our identity and history, thanks to our folklore and music, in the songs rhythm, in the stories and the legends, where was praised our past and present.
The traditional Bulgarian musical instruments with authentic sounding are bagpipe, mandolin, wooden flute, dvoyanka, drum etc.
The national dresses are also very interesting and unique. The tints of the folk costumes are powered by the sun, the colors of the land and the wealth of the Bulgarian spirit. To merge the past and to enjoy the present, you must feel their magic. Some of the populist national costumes are the Thracian, the Rhodope, Shopski, from Vidin region and others. For various holidays the national costumes are extremely diverse. Along with language and song the Bulgarian national costume reveals the unity and diversity of our traditional culture. The traditional costumes are completely homemade, the fruit of labor, the taste and the creativity of the woman. In this process the male involvement is less-
Some of the famous folk festivals are “Pirin pee”-
If you visit one of the many colorful fairs, singing competitions, original folk festivals, which gather thousands of singers, musicians and dancers, where several Bulgarian generations sing, play and dance, maybe you yourself will find the key to this mystery, the key to the heart and the soul of Bulgaria.
Melodic sounds and wonderful voices, fiery dances and brightly colored costumes-
The world began to talk about “The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices and Dances”.
Crafts: Beauty gone through the time and tradition that we keep alive. That beauty, which you see with your eyes feel with your heart. You need only selfless love and infinite patience to achieve results.
EMBROIDERY – In the past embroidered with lace and beads has been used to decorate clothing. Today they still make slippers, decorated with tinsel and string beads. It is believed that this is a powerful amulet against bad luck and evil eyes.
COPPERSMITHS’WORK – Coppersmiths’ work is another craft with traditions in Bulgaria. During the centuries, masters have made daily-
And many other like: craftsmanship of antiques weapons, carving leather, craftsmanship of wrought iron, making jewelry, iconography, painting and fitting icons, cooperage, embroidered, wine vessel making…