October 22, 2019

My Survival Recipe – Contest!

June 12, 2018

Dining

If you receive an invitation to a Bulgarian house for a meal, congratulations!  You are well on your way to fitting in. Whilst dining, wait for […]
June 5, 2018

Giving presents

Gift giving is an important part of a culture, but it is wise to know the rules of the road.  Do not give overly elaborate gifts. […]
May 16, 2018

Formalities

Bulgarians maintain a fairly formal culture.  When meeting new people, address them with appropriate courtesy titles until told to do otherwise.  Kisses and hugs are reserved […]
May 6, 2018

Making a toast when drinking liquor

When toasting, raise your glass and lightly clink it with all the others present, while looking the people with you in the eye (to not look […]
April 23, 2018

Throwing away the umbilical cord

Another old custom many Bulgarians still perform is the throwing away of the umbilical cord after childbirth in a special place. Around 2 weeks after the […]
April 19, 2018

Dog spinning

Ancient ritual banned for its cruelty. Though it has been officially banned in all of Bulgaria since 2011, dog spinning had been a tradition in the […]
April 14, 2018

Spilling water in front of the door

There exist many ways to wish someone luck around the world, but what is done in Bulgaria has to rank among the most curious. When one […]
March 29, 2018

Tsvetnitsa

This is also the orthodox ‘Palm Sunday’. Most people go to church on this day, they buy some willow twigs which are blessed and then tied […]
March 23, 2018

Blagoveshtenie (The Annunciation)

According to tradition, this is the day when migratory birds such as storks and swallows return, marking the awakening of spring in nature. Homes are cleaned […]
March 17, 2018

Trimiro (Todorovden)

This is a full three day fast, no food or water, following Sirni Zagovezni. On the third morning, those that have been fasting go to church […]
March 3, 2018

Sirni Zagovezni

Celebrated on the first Sunday before Lent for health the rituals are to ensure fertility, prosperity and health. The younger generation also seeks forgiveness from the […]