„Virtue is not created outside of us. The Kingdom of God is within us, so virtue needs our will” St. Anthony
On January 17 the Orthodox Church celebrates the day of Saint Anthony the Great, popular in the Bulgarian folk tradition as Antonovden.
St. Anthony is one of the first ascetics, ie loners (monks) who chose life separated from the material world and stay in deserts or remote mountains to attain spiritual upliftment. St. Anthony was born around 251 AD in Middle Egypt in a wealthy family. He decided to become an ascetic at very young age and to seek a different path to enlightenment of the mind. After giving away everything that he possessed and he settled in a tomb carved in the rocks. Trying to dramatically change his lifestyle, Anthony was forced to lead a tough fight with the demons of temptation. Convinced that fortitude strengthens when weaken body pleasures, the ascetic spent his entire youth in retreat. Finally, achieving peace of mind, Anthony became the father of many monks who founded monasteries or inhabited separate cells in the rocks, guided them, presented them with moral lectures.
The Ethnographic exhibition in Burgas will be host of a presentation of the custom Bango Vasil, honoring the christian saint Basil the Great (Vasil or Basil). Bango Vasil is celebrated by the Roma community in Bulgaria on 14 January.
On this day (New Style January 2) the Bulgarian traditions honours the memory of St. Basil the Great - one of the fathers of the Christian Orthodox Church.
The presentation is part of a initiative by the Volunteer Club "Youth is tolerance", which traditionally celebrates the Roma New Year on January 14. Co-organizers are the Municipality of Burgas, School Hristo Botev and Regional Burgas Museum.
The celebration of Bango Vasil on 14.01.2014 will begin at 10:30 in the Ethnographic exposition in Burgas, and the pupils led by Iveta Velitchkova and Angel Ivanov will present a brief interpretation of the traditional dinner and a rich program with songs and dances.
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/notables/d.brakalov.jpg[/img]In the history of Burgas one of the names that must appear with gold letters is the name of Dimitar Brakalov. He was a genuine figure in the Bulgarian Revival, an active participator in the struggle for Bulgarian independence and builder of prosperity for the city of Burgas.
Today Brakalov’s house has been declared a cultural monument and is home to the Ethnographical exposition of Burgas and the Prize "Dimitar Brakalov" is awarded annually for contributions to the development of Burgas and citizenship.
Already from the 3nd century AD there are evidences for the celebration of Epiphany. Up to the 4th century Epiphany was celebrated together with Christmas. The interpretation was that on the day of his baptism in the Jordan waters, Jesus Christ first appeared to the world of public service, as by his birth he appeared to the world in flesh and bones. Later, the church agreed to celebrate the two holidays separately.
A team from the Natural History Museum of Burgas responded to a signal over found fossilized animal bones near the village of Aheloy, Municipality Pomorie.
The signal was sent to us by the Russian journalist Nikolai Zamyatin, who found them at the beach near Aheloy. After similar signal, at the beginning of 2013, the museum received two valuable fossils, found during construction works in Gorno Ezerovo.
The findings in Aheloi really resembled fossilized bones of ancient mammals. In the museum collection there are already such samples and the inspection of Aheloy Beach confirmed our assumptions that these are geological formations already known to our specialist.
The geological strata of this site formed 10-12 million years ago during the Pliocene and is characteristic for river-lake littoral deposits. When the layers begin to compact, the carbonate substance found in them dissolves, infiltrates and deposits in the gaps as carbonate gels. The observed geological formation in Aheloy are result of such phenomena.
We would like to thank Mr. Zamyatin for being responsible!
We call on all citizens who find similar formations or archaeological findings to notify Regional Burgas Museum over the telephone numbers/ emails, provided on our [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=home&page=contact&lang=en]Contact page[/url]!
Christmas is coming! At this time of the year more than ever we feel our souls full of warmth, love and kindness. People are different at Christmas - they are positively charged, their thoughts are festive, people are more tolerant and peaceful.
In our lives every day we come across pain, temptation, the search for a better way. The people we encounter are often unreasonable, self-centered and illogical. This makes us lose our faith, to succumb to weakness. But you must not! In our search for better life we can not do without faith, even when we think we're lost in the world. "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." is said in the Gospel of St. Matthew ...
In the week before Christmas the Orthodox Church, while eagerly waiting for the Young Lord to be born, honors the holidays of five remarkable Christian martyrs.
December 20 - St.Ignatius of Antioch
December 22 - St. Anastasia the Pharmakolytria (Anastasia of Sirmium)
December 24 - St. Eugenia of Rome
December 25 - Christmas
December 27 - Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year
</b>visit in all museum exhibitions of Regional historical museum of Burgas will be FREE </b>
Here you can find your unique Christmas gift from the museum souvenir stalls.
From December 2013, Regional Burgas Museum will offer online catalog of mobile exhibitions. They will be offered to all museums, galleries and educational institutions in Bulgaria.
The current catalog can be viewed when selecting the menu Mobile exhibitions.
Each exhibition is presented in a separate presentation that can be downloaded from the website.
So far in the catalog you will find:
[url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=home&page=mobexhibitions&lang=en] 1. They defend the honor of Bulgaria (in Bulgarian)
2. European art from the 18th and 19th century (in Bulgarian)
3. The Woman from Burgas in the 30s and 40s of the 20th century (in Bulgarian)
4. Nestinarstvo - Bulgarian magic on fiery embers (in Bulgarian)
5. The ores in the Burgas region and their use(in Bulgarian)
6. The drug - medicine and poison (in Bulgarian)[/url]
Currently the mobile exhibitions are offered only in Bulgarian but upon request we may consider their translation in your language or provide you a guide in English, Russian or German.
If you are interested in one of these exhibitions, please contact us on the telephone numbers given inside the exhibition's presentations or via the contact form on the museum website.