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Bulgarian Traditions

Whilst visiting Bulgaria you will come across many Bulgarian traditions and customs from the different regions.

Bulgaria has a wide diversity of culture and when travelling throughout this beautiful country you will be sure to see a fine display of examples of Bulgarian traditions. Here we take a look at what is available -

There are numerous architectural reserves located in Bulgaria that are preserved and represent the distinct Bulgarian architecture from the age of revival of the 18th and 19th century. Some good displays of revival architecture can be found in Bansko, Bozhentsi, Koprivshtitsa, Melnik, Tryavna and Zheravna.

Good examples of Bulgarian traditions where visitors can observe first hand old techniques and customs of crafts that have been passed down over the generations are Etara, Zlatograd and Old Dobrich.

Carpets dating back to the Bulgarian revival are today highly valued works of art. The main areas for carpet weaving are Chiprovtsi, Kotel and Samokov along with other traditional handicrafts.

Bulgarian Museums also have a wealth of valuable collections of well preserved relics including cultural and military, statues, burial sites, mosaics, masks, and many more.

The Rose is the symbol of Bulgaria and the rose picking is a traditional custom and one of the oldest. It is also a popular tourist attraction, and of course the outstanding quality of Bulgarian rose water and rose oil is well known worldwide.

The Bulgarian monasteries during the revival time were used for educational and artisitic purposes. Nowadays the famous Bachkovo Monastery, Glozhene Monastery, Kilifarevo Monastery , Rila Monastery, Shipchenski Monastery, Troyan Monastery are still working monasteries and famous for the national Bulgarian traditions icon painting and wood carvings.

Bulgarian traditions also include singing and dancing in traditional costumes according to regions, and represent many rituals and customs. The Bulgarian folk music and dance are very important to this country's culture and the most famous dance is the Horo, although there are various versions around the country it is generally performed in a group of people touching palms in a circle and moving in steps in union to the distinct music style. The music itself has an individual style using instruments such as the fiddle, mandalin, flute, bagpipe and drum. The folk dances and music have variations to the different regions but they all express a vivid artistic expression. The Bulgarian national music and traditional folksongs including the distinct Bulgarian singing have been passed down through the generations and still play an important part in the country's culture today.

Bulgarian national costume is also a part of the Bulgarian traditions and culture. Throughout the ages the costumes have been influenced by ancient Thracian and Salvonic customs. The basic outfit is a long sleeved white shirt, worn under coats and waistcoats made from various decorated materials. Each region such as Rhodope and Pirin has their own style in typical workday, holiday and wedding costumes.

Bulgaria has a rich historical culture that spans across the ages. They preserve their art, literature, architecture, music and dance well and today young and old still continue to take pride and keep up with these cultural calendar events and festivals in the ancient Bulgarian traditions.