Bulgaria is one of the newest European Union member states and recorded major changes in recent years. In many resorts there has been a boom in construction, which tempts buyers in Western Europe with relatively cheap property. As a result, the Bulgarian seaside and ski resorts are developing rapidly. Great cities have rejected the communist issue and became vibrant and attractive, with wide boulevards and clean, various shopping areas and a lively nightlife. Spectacular mountains occupy half of the country and golden sandy beaches draw crowds of tourists every summer.
Bulgarian culture is a blend of Thracian culture, Slav and Bulgarian, but there are influences of Byzantine, Turkish and Greek. Bulgarian is a Slavic language written in Cyrillic alphabet, this being the closest link between Bulgarians and Russians, the other way, Russian is the second language of older people. You can familiarize with visiting Bulgarian prehistoric culture exhibits in the Museum of Archaeology and National History Museum in Sofia, as well as museums localedin Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Varna, Rousse, Veliko Tarnovo, Razgrad, Vidin, Bourgas, etc.. Artifacts indicate the ability to use local materials such as clay, kaolin, stone, wood, bronze and iron. Pottery discovered dating from Palaeolithic and Neolithic. Because of this area were discovered near Nova Zagora Karanovska heap was called Noah.
Filled with beauty, joy and love of life, the Bulgarian festivals and customs date back to ancient times when people tried to improve the forces of nature. Some of the most joyous festivals instead of Christmas and New Year, when so-called Sourvakari make a tour of homes, with best wishes and prosperity. Other festivals are Ladouvane, Shrovetide and Mummers Games, which have their origins in Dionysiac festivals of the Thracians, Lazarouvane, an Orthodox festival dedicated to the family and on St George, ask about health and prosperity.
By Maria Morari
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