March 1 is not an ordinary day. According to the popular belief, if in the morning everything has been done by the rules throughout the month the weather will be good; there will be no hail and frost; the snakes and lizards will run away; the bad stuff will be scalded and any change will be for good!
Before sunrise every housewife has to put out white and red cloth to make Granny Marta laugh. It is important this to be done first by a cheerful and good woman. In the village of Fakia the women take out only a red cloth due to a fear that the white can bring snow and frost.
On the first of March people try not to quarrel among themselves, which could anger the short-tempered Granny Marta.
On this day heavy work is not done, women do not spin or wove, sew, wash, knead, and men do not cut wood or plow.
The most important, of course, is the tying of martenitsas on arms, necks, baby hats. Granny Marta shines with happiness, when she sees that people have martenitsas in her honor, when she meets young people and brides with their hands full, when she enters clean and tidy homes. Bulgarians do anything to make her happy and cheer because Granny Marta is no ordinary grandmother ...
Let this magic made of twisted red and white threads protect us from all evil - visible and invisible, to bring us all good health, wealth, good weather and hope for sunshine!
Rositsa Topalova, curator in department Ethnography of Museum Burgas
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/fauna/87656789.jpg[/img]On February 28, 2013 from 14.00, in the hall of the Natural History Museum in Burgas (30 K.Fotinov St.)the exhibition "Cetaceans in the Black Sea" will be open for the public. Mr. Dimitar Popov from Association "Green Balkans" will present the project "Pilot activities in the photo-identification of cetaceans (Cetacea) along the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria", under which is the exhibition. The project is funded by the Secretariat of ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area) and is the first ever study of this kind in Bulgaria.
For those wishing to visit the exhibition, it will remain in the hall of Natural History Museum Burgas until the end of March.
On 13 February 2013, as a part of the cultural program of Regional Historical Museum Burgas took place the initiative "Museum in a Suitcase". The original event was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the First Balkan War on October 5, 1912, and 100 years since the establishment of Museum institution in Burgas.
Partner and host of the event was primary school "Elin Pelin" Burgas. The idea of the organizers to give a chance to children from schools located further away from the Museum, to be able to experience the unknown nature of the museum work. Students from grade 3 to 6 were presented with a visual story that tells more about the specific work of museums as cultural and scientific institutions. Proposed was a short video chronicle of the Balkan War. The museum exhibits related to the Balkan war carried "in a suitcase" sparked the greatest interest by the students.
Photos and belongings of officers from 24th Black Sea Infantry Regiment, Dejan Belopitov' sword, Col. Sava Dimitriev's binoculars, bayonet and revolver, military history textbook printed back in 1915, excited the young hosts. The children curiosity satisfied the curators of Historical Museum Burgas - Ivanka Deleva and Yana Ivanova as they said "It is always worth the effort, especially when it comes to educating our children."
On 01.03.2013 at 10:00 in the lobby of Culture center Lukoil - Neftochim (Troikata Square, 1), the results of this year's contest "Martenitsa - Amulet for Health" will announced, followed by exhibition. The event is organized by Municipality Burgas, Regional Historical Museum - Burgas and Municipal Children Complex.
The competition is held for the fourteenth consecutive time.
From 03.03.2013 the most interesting ones of the 45-collective works will be arranged at the Ethnographic Museum of Burgas.
The presentation of a second exhibition is new to the competition. It is held as a part of the activities under the project "Environment and security for children from vulnerable social groups" funded by OP "Human Resources Development", which was implemented by the Municipality.
The celebration will include the children of folklore ensemble "Shareni gaitani", Children's choir "Trepetlika" led by Pepa Zapryanova and the young dancers from Children's Folk Dance Ensemble "Radost" led by Dimiter Ginov.
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/misc/bgfl.jpg[/img]On 3 March - Liberation Day in Bulgaria, Regional History Museum - Burgas will be open free of charge from 10:00 to 16:30.
Museums in Burgas:
• Natural History Museum, Burgas, 30 K. Fotinov St.
• Historical Museum, Burgas, 31 Lermontov St.
• Archaeological Museum, Burgas, 21 Bogoridi St.
• Ethnographic Museum, Burgas, 69 Slavyanska St.
In the Bulgarian tradition the holiday of Baba Marta is a symbol of spring and is a wish for health and prosperity. In the past martenitsas have served as amulets that protect those who wear them from harm and misfortune. Thus when martenitsas are made they should be charged with positive energy. At the Natural History Museum of Burgas this year again, we are twisting white and red threads for health and wellbeing. Various minerals can be added to aid love, health, luck, clear mind. This year the stones with strong impact, especially for luck, are jasper, lapis lazuli, blue sunny stone, obsidian, serpentinita, labradorite, amethyst and dark agates.
Our martenitsas we offer again at the symbolic price of 0.50 lv. The museum is open every weekday from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00. This year the we offer another opportunity. In the last days of February, everyone can visit our Martenitza Workshop. So for the price of the entrance ticket to the museum, anyone who wants can create their own martenitzas as gifts for loved ones and choose minerals to knit in the white and red thread.
On the 6th of February 1878 citizens of Burgas “with bread and salt” welcomed the “Flying squad” of Colonel A.M.Lermontov (1838-1906), who brought the liberation of Burgas Region. [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=notable&eid=48]Colonel Lermontov[/url] was given a symbolic key of the city from the first mayor [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=notable&pgno=2&eid=41]Niko Popov[/url].
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In front of the Мonument of fallen Russian soldiers in the Liberation war (1877-1878) are held annual celebrations for the national holiday of Bulgaria - March 3rd. [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=home&lang=bg&page=encyc&enc=histevents&eid=140]More »[/url]
February1st (or 14 February Old Style) is the day of Trifon Zarezan, wineries and winegrowers. The background of this holiday is associated with celebrations in honour of Dionysus – Thracian and Old Greek god of wine and revelry.
On this day we honour Saint Trifon. People believe that with his blessing the vineyards become fertile. So when the people gather on this day, the viticulturists (vine-growers) ritually look around for him and invite him to come to their vineyards. Then they utter incantations to be born so many grapes so even the saint himself can hide from their sight.
"- Hey Trifon, where are you, we do not see you?
- I can’t be seen from black and white grapes!"
On Trifon Zarezan grape vines are being pruned. Trimming of the grape everyone starts on their own. Viticulturist turns east, crosses himself and cut a few sticks. Then some wine is poured over the cut place and a call for prosperity is uttered. The men decorate with grape branches their hats and wine vessels. Three cut grape sticks are clipped together with a bunch of basil, tied with a red thread and put on the men-only table among the grape vines. The celebration participators, then, choose a king - a man, who is industrious, lucky and respected by all. They put on his head a crown of vine leaves. On the way back they carry him on their arms or pull him on a cart (car). After that the group of men visits the village houses, drinks and utters blessing. The last treat is offered in the home of the king.
Rosica Topalova curator in Department "Ethnography" of Regional Museum Burgas
On January 24, 2013 at 16.00 hours, in the hall of the Natural History Museum Museum of Burgas (30 K.Fotinov St.) we will celebrate the birthday of the Nature Park Strandja. Rossen Vassilev from the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation will present the project "Meadow of patches", which will represent Bulgarian in the initiative "Wild flowers of Europe." The idea is that small pieces of cloth with patterns of painted, embroidered or woven flowers, will join in a big "carpet of connected patches". This carpet of flowers will first tour Bulgaria and then will become part of the European meadow.
Logically the patches added in Burgas, would have to present the most valuable flowers from the area, and these are certainly species from Strandzha. That's why exactly on the birthday of the nature park, its director Stefan Zlatarov and the biodiversity expert eng.Ivan Kamburov will introduce some of the most interesting flowers found in Strandza to serve as an inspiration to all participants.
Hosts from Natural History Museum have invited a wide variety of guests for presentations, because the project may include both children and adults as long as they are inspired by the wild flowers and can present in attractive way to the future viewers of "the meadow of patches."
The ladies from the association "Golden Fleece" - Zvezdets will have a special participation in this event with their beautiful works of natural wool collected from Strandzhan sheers and dyed with traditional colors made from plants growing in Strandzha. They will demonstrate not only their production to the participants, but will also show a part of their culinary skills.
On January 17, 2013 at 16.00 hours in the hall of the Natural History Museum Museum of Burgas (30 K.Fotinov St.) will open the photo exhibition „First steps”
The exhibition consists of 60 photographs made by children from the eco club "Vaya" and the club heads. Ecoclub Vaya was created in 2007. Members of the club are children interested in nature, its research and conservation. In 2010 the Natural History Museum of Burgas has developed a program for environmental education for children, called "Adventure at the Museum", funded by the Foundation America for Bulgaria.
One of the areas in which we work with the children, is the perspective of the natural world around us through the lens of the camera.
For those wishing to visit the exhibition, it will remain in the hall of the Natural History Museum until mid-April.