Nov 21

What Bulgaria is Famous for

By anything | Uncategorized

The small Balkan nation is famous for the wine industry, architecture, the Bulgarian language and much more. Let’s discover a few areas!

The Bulgarian Wine Industry

In recent years, Bulgaria has become one of the world’s leading producers of high quality wines. The country produces more than half of the world’s white wine production and is also famous for its red wines.

Bulgaria is home to some of the oldest vineyards in Europe. The first vines were planted around 1000 BC in the Rhodope Mountains near the Black Sea. Today, there are more than 1,000 wineries throughout the country.

Bulgaria has been producing wine since ancient times. In fact, the earliest evidence of viticulture dates back to around 1000 BC. The Romans introduced grape cultivation to the area, which led to the development of the world’s largest collection of Roman amphorae. These vessels were used to transport wine from one region to another.

Sofia’s Architecture

Sofia is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe. It was founded by the Thracian King Simeon II (ruled 893–927) who wanted to make his capital city an imperial center rivaling Constantinople. He chose a site near the confluence of two rivers, the Vitosha and the Maritsa, and named it after himself, “Sofia”.

The city has been continuously inhabited since at least the Bronze Age. In the Middle Ages, Bulgaria became a vassal state of Byzantium, which ruled from 681 until

The National Parks

There are more than 100 national parks in Bulgaria. They cover almost half of the country’s territory and offer visitors a chance to see nature at its finest.

Bulgaria has many beautiful natural sights, such as the Black Sea coast, the Danube River, and the Rhodope Mountains. These parks are home to some of the most diverse wildlife in Europe, including wolves, bears, lynx, eagles, and wild boars.

There are two national parks in Bulgaria: Pirin and Rila. Both are located in the country’s center, near the capital city of Sofia. The Pirin National Park is known for its rugged terrain and dense forests. In addition to being home to wolves, bears, lynxes, and other animals, the park is also home to the largest population of brown bears in Europe. The Rila National Park is home to the highest peak in Bulgaria, Mount Musala (2,829 meters).

The Bulgarian Language

Bulgarians speak Bulgarian, a Slavic language with some Turkish influences. It has been spoken since the 6th century AD.

Bulgaria is known for many things, such as being the birthplace of Alexander the Great, having one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe (Thessaloniki), and hosting the first Olympic Games in

The Bulgarian language has been spoken since at least the 6th century BC, and it is considered to be one of the most difficult languages to learn.

Bulgarians use the Cyrillic alphabet, which is similar to the Latin alphabet used in English. There are two main dialects of Bulgarian, Eastern and Western.

The Bulgarian Cuisine

Bulgarians eat a lot of meat. Pork is the main source of animal protein in the diet. Chicken is also widely consumed. Beef is eaten less frequently. Vegetarians are rare.

Bulgarians love their wine. In fact, Bulgaria produces more than 1,000 different types of wine. Wine production began in the Middle Ages when Turkish settlers brought grapes to the region. Today, there are over 100 varieties of grape grown throughout the country.

Bulgarias cuisine has been influenced by many cultures. The Turks introduced rice dishes, while the Greeks brought olive oil and tomatoes. The Romans brought wheat flour and lentils. And the Slavic peoples brought cabbage, turnips, beets, and other root vegetables.

Bulgarias cuisine is known for its use of fresh herbs and spices. Many of the dishes include garlic, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Some of the most popular dishes include shopska salad, moussaka, banitsa.

Oct 19

Bulgarian Folk Music (part 2)

By Darina | Bulgarian Folklore , Culture

This is the second part of our article about Bulgarian Folk Music, written by the professional Bulgarian music therapist Darina Titkova. To see the the first part click here.

Many Bulgarian classical composers imbed the spirit of the traditional Bulgarian music into their vocal and instrumental pieces using folk melodies and rhythms from our traditional heritage. From the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule until today, numerous opera and symphonic compositions have been created in Bulgaria as well as a multitude of solo instrumental and vocal pieces. One of the most emblematic and beloved classical work is “Vardar Rhapsody”, named after the Bulgarian river with the same name – Vardar (Вардар)- and composed by the famous Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov

Traditional Bulgarian music is loved all over the world. It is often present in movie scores and in the video game industry. For example, the Bulgarian song “Malka moma” (Малка мома) is included in the British hit movie Hummingbird (2013).

The song is written and performed by the Bulgarian singer of traditional songs Neli Andreeva, in collaboration with the composer Georgi Genov. It got over 1 million views on youtube in the first year and became so popular it soon drew the attention of the Japanese national TV. The television crew made a 2-hour documentary about Neli Andreeva, Georgi Genov and the song. According to them, “Malka moma” had become a very popular song in Japan.

This is not the first time Japan demonstrates interest in traditional Bulgarian music. In fact, Bulgarian choirs are often welcomed in Japan performing traditional folk repertoire. Several documentaries have been shot about the Bulgarian traditional music through the years. One of the most famous Bulgarian traditional choirs, the Cosmic voices of Bulgaria, has even performed in the Japanese composer Yoko Kanno’s debut studio album Song to Fly (1998). The song is called “Atomic bird”, author of the lyrics is Gabriela Robin. This piece is really interesting because it contains no original Bulgarian melody or even a single word in Bulgarian. The lyrics are made of random syllables with no meaning. Still it resonates with the spirit of Bulgarian traditions and captures the feeling of traditional Bulgarian music.

It seems that the Japanese are really fond of Bulgarian music which actually sounds similar to their own vocal traditions. Another Japanese composer, Kenji Kawai, who scored the famous science fiction anime Ghost in the Shell in 1995, made a beautiful mixture of an ancient Japanese wedding song and a Bulgarian harmony in his opening theme “Making of a Cyborg”. Although Japanese folk singers perform this stunning piece, their voices carry the Bulgarian traditions.

There’s some news for the video game fans too. Another famous Bulgarian choir ensemble, “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices” has recorded pieces for the soundtrack of the survival horror video game Alone in the dark in 2008.

Actually, iTunes offers the whole album of 22 tracks featuring the Bulgarian female choir.

A Bulgarian song is also included in the album of the Norwegian composer Thomas J. Bergersen. The name of the song is “Rada” and the album is called “Illusions”, released in 2011.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little concert of Bulgarian music (and its influence around the world). I will be happy to see your comments below. And last, just for fun, here’s a humorous song about young Bulgarian girl who doesn’t have an appropriate formal clothes to wear on the festive horo-dance.

Feb 05

Bulgarian Horo Dancing

By Darina | Bulgarian Folklore , Culture

The Bulgarian horo dance is a line dance with asymmetrical rhythm and complex repetitive step patterns. It is an integral part of the Bulgarian culture. We have danced horo for hundreds of years, it has been a part of our feasts, celebrations and even our mundane everyday moments. But in recent years, for the majority of people, the horo has become an older dance, reserved for weddings and national holidays.
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Jan 10

Visiting Varna

By Darina | General , Travel

Varna, also known as The Sea Capital of Bulgaria or The Black Sea Pearl, is the second-largest city in Bulgaria with population of about 500 000 people. It is also one of the most ancient cities in Europe with an extremely rich history and heritage. The oldest gold treasure in the world was discovered near Varna.
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