Bulgarian Society



The Bulgarian Society is a cultural society. Our aim is to protect, promote and the develop the Bulgarian traditions and culture in Nottingham. The Society's committee has planed various cultural and social events. Our goal is to proudly present the beauty of our ancient country, the ever-lasting traditions and customs, and the warmth of our people. Bulgaria can offer something for everyone - from delicious national dishesh, which could only be tasted here, to summer and winter resorts, wrapped in the beauty and mystery of this ancient country. Ancients buildings, historical monuments and world-wide known treasures, had made our country one of a kind!

Bulgaria is located in South Central Europe. The terrain is varied, containing large mountainous areas, fertile valleys, plains and a coastline along the Black Sea.  It has around 7 million citizens and its current President is Rosen Plevneliev.

Ancient Thrace was partially located on the territory of modern Bulgaria, and Thracian culture provides a wealth of archeological sites within Bulgaria. In the second century A.D., the Bulgars came to Europe from their old homeland, the Kingdom of Balhara situated in the Mount Imeon area (present Hindu Kush in northern Afghanistan).

The first Bulgarian state was established in 635 A.D., located along the north coast of the Black Sea. In 681 A.D. the first Bulgarian state on the territory of modern Bulgaria was founded. This state consisted of a mixture of Slav and Bulgar peoples. In 864, Bulgaria adopted Orthodox Christianity. The First Bulgarian Kingdom, considered to be Bulgaria's "Golden Age," emerged under Tsar Simeon I in 893-927. During this time, Bulgarian art and literature flourished. Followers of Saints Cyril and Methodius are believed to have developed the Cyrillic alphabet in Bulgaria in the early 10th century.

As one of oldest countries in Europe, Bulgaria can offer something for everyone. For those loving the sun, the sandy  Black Sea Coast boasts swaths of stunning beaches and picturesque bays. From the crowded Sunny beach to the quiet ancient Sozopol, family vacations and crazy nights out are a promise.

For others, who may describe themselves as "nature lovers" Bulgaria provides networks of well-maintained hiking trails and horse-riding routes. lush mountainous and forested landscapes, especially around the Rila and Pirin Mountains, inhabited by bears, lynx, rare birds and other kinds of wildlife now becoming scarce elsewhere in Europe. Here you can come across remoter, rural corners, where the traditional, slow pace of life continues much as it has done for centuries. You will face multicoloured monasteries, filled with fabulous icons and watched over by bushy-bearded priests, and impossibly pretty timber-framed villages with smoke curling lazily over the stone-tiled roofs and donkeys complaining in the distance, where headscarfed old ladies and their curious grandchildren still stare in wonderment at the arrival of outsiders.

Bulgarian food, customs and traditions are admirable and can enchant everyone from young kids to mature adults. They have been preserved through many hundreds of years, combining the modern Bulgaria with the ancient Bulgaria. Everyone who comes to Bulgaria and faces the Bulgarian culture, nature and love, will want to come back again and again.


Bulgaria is famous for its "Baba Marta" (Grandmother March Day). Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1 until around the end of March (or the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow, or budding tree). Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring. The month of March, according to Bulgarian folklore, marks the beginning of springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring. 

The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general. While white as a color symbolizes purity, red is a symbol of life and passion, thus some ethnologists have proposed that, in its very origins, the custom might have reminded people of the constant cycle of life and death, the balance of good and evil, and of the sorrow and happiness in human life.

Another curious tradtion takes place during Easter. Many Slavic ethnic groups, including the Bulgarians  (pisano yaytse), Croats (pisanica), Czechs (kraslice), Poles (pisanka), Sorbs (pisanici), Serbs (pisanica), Slovaks (kraslica), Slovenes (pisanica or pirh), decorate eggs for Easter. Many of the names derive from the Slavic root pisa which relates to painting (and cognate with Latin pictura). In Slavic tradition, the egg (similar to icons) is written, not drawn or painted. This is an Eastern European tradition, since the Romanians, a non-Slavic ethnic group, also practice it. Although

Bulgaria is also famous for its extremely delicious dishes. Once you have tasted the national cuisine, you would fall in love with it. From variety of soups like "Tarator" cold soup made of yoghurt and cucumber (dill, garlic, walnuts and sunflower oil are sometimes added) to Cheverme (One of the best Bulgarian grilled dish with meat. Cheverme is a method of grilling lamb or pork meat (the whole cleaned lamb) over open fire or hot coals. It is a long process that takes about 6-7 hours and during this time the lamb should be poured with melted fat. When meat is ready, it is covered with pine branches that give it a special and unforgettable flavor. Lamb is then cut into smaller pieces and served. Wide variety of salads, sauces, bread, main dishes and side dishes and many more. This in what you find only in the Bulgarian cuisine.

With references to http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bulgaria and Wikipedia



Bulgarian society is a cultural society. Our objectives are to protect, promote and develop the Bulgarian culture abroad. We achieve this trough various socials, sport events and trips mainly within the UK.
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