On 1 September 2012 we celebrate the International Vulture Awareness Day. This year, 65 countries from 4 continents will take part in different events dedicated to one of the biggest bird in the world. Everyone, who wants to learn more about the 4 vultures species found in Bulgaria, and about the efforts made to research and protect these birds, can visit the information booth in the Natural History Museum in Burgas (30 K.Fotinov St.) There will waiting a stuffed Griffon Vulture, information boards, a real wing-tag used for tagging vultures in the nature and many informational materials!
On the verge of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balkan wars (1912-1913), Department of History of Regional Historical Museum Burgas started a [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars]new section called "100 years Balkan Wars"[/url]. Every week, short materials with interesting facts about the heroes and events of the Balkan wars, will be published on our website.
The first story will take you to the battlefield of the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=116]bloodiest battle in the entire Balkan war, the attack Luleburgaz - Bunarhisar[/url], recounting the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=116]heroism of Corporal Ivan Nedelchev Arabadzhiev[/url].
The second article offers further look in to [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=118]the problems of the war on a local level, mobilization of the population and its aftermath in Burgas municipality, where already ran intensive industrialization.[/url]
3. [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=119&lang=en]The role of Macedonian-Adrianopolitan Volunteer Corps in the Balkan War[/url] and its special importance for the region of Burgas - [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=119&lang=en]"Macedonian-Adrianopolitan Volunteer Corps Society - Burgas"[/url]
4. [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=122]Balkan War 1912 - Baptism by Fire for the Bulgarian Navy and the Attack of "Druzki"[/url]
5. [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=124]Michael Zelkov, a Burgas publicist and patriot in the Macedonian military Governorate during the Balkan War[/url]
6. [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&page=encyc&enc=balkanwars&eid=125]24th Black Sea Infantry Regiment in the Balkan wars 1912 - 1913[/url]
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/misc/history/petrova.niva.jpg[/img]The word "refugee" is related to the ancestral memory of many of our contemporaries. Almost everyone has heard stories of the not so distant times filled up with unbearable night transitions of whole villages, crying infants and their mothers who were forced to leave them in the forest, forced by fear not give away the group; the hard way of getting used to the new; sore memories of a distant home place... 109 years after the Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising the painful lives of these innocent people continue to agitate us not only as humans. In an effort to be good neighbours, which on the Balkans is not worth a damn, we, the Bulgarians, let it be forgotten or deliberately make ourselves forget historical events and righteousness. Thus, ceased to respect and defend what is ours, we condemn ourselves to a life without memories, to lose our gist. But, we must remember, to become wiser!
On 15.08, every year the Christians celebrated the feast of Virgin Mary, patron of women, motherhood, guardian of the family home.
On this day the locals go to church carrying wheat from the new crop, honey, cheese and grapes. Who gives more honey to the church, more bees will flock to him. The women lay towels and pillows by the icon of Virgin Mary, and after the church service hand out bread for the health of their children. The young ones light candles. Feasts and fairs are organized in the villages.
A boiled cock stew is prepared to end the preceded 14-day fast. Some make kurban for health (stew prepared out of a specially sacrificed animal, which then is given out). In the village of Brodilovo this is the day, when people eat grapes for first time in the year.
For three days after the holiday people of the ethnographic group tronki predict the weather in the upcoming winter. If the day is sunny, the respective winter month will be cold.
After Assumption the girls from ethnographic group ruptsi already start to prepare the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=ethno&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=rituals&eid=66]traditional gatherings (sedyanka)[/url].
The night before Assumption, sleep on holy ground, wish something good and believe that with the blessing of Mary it will come true!
On 14.08.2012 from 11:00 in the Historical Exposition (Burgas, 31 Lermontov St.) the exhibition "Words of art - the art of words" organized by Regional Historical Museum Burgas and Group 9, will be open for the public.
The exhibition includes works by artists wood-carvers from Group 9, epigraphic stone inscriptions, graphical systems in Cyrillic and Glagolitic, the art of manuscripts and incunabula, present day usage of the Bulgarian language in SMS and emails.
National Initiative "Word of art - the art of words" is dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Saint Paisius of Hilendar's greatest work "Istoriya Slavyanobolgarskaya" (en: Slavonic-Bulgarian History) marking the beginning of Bulgarian National Revival. The project seeks tangent point between the language of the people and the one of the wood, to cover the history of Bulgarian language and to call for its preservation.
During a series of exhibitions in Sofia, Plovdiv, Balchik, Varna and Burgas, two major 100th anniversaries will be celebrated: the adoption of the first law for BAS (Bulgarian Academy of Science) and the renaming of the Bulgarian Literary Society in Academy Museum, and 100 years Museum institution in Burgas.
On August 7, 2012, at 11:00, in the Ethnographic Complex of Burgas(69 Slavianska St.), Montessori School, Association "Zlatno Runo" and freelance artists will take part in a workshop making products of dough, wool, beads and more dedicated to the close connection between mothers and their babies and the breastfeeding.
In this way, La Leche League will celebrate the World Breastfeeding Week 2012 with the event "Workshop - the art for breastfeeding".
Visitors will be able to purchase handmade jewelry and other submitted works. Part of the proceeds will be donated to a charity.
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/misc/johnbaptist.jpg[/img]Today we celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist. Raised alone in a distant desert, feeding on roots and honey. His survival people connects with the knowledge and collection of herbs and they worship secret power of the magic herbs.
On Enyovden (Midsummer) the stars descend to earth and stale the herbs, as well as the sun also gives them power to heal. Pick them early, before sunrise. Twist a wreath in which to squeeze for health and protection from all evil.
The longest day of the year is connected with the sun worship. According to folk beliefs, the sun gets up early on this day and prepare for the journey. Young and old roll in the dew, bathe in rivers and springs, believing that the sun bathed before them.
The team of the Ethnographic Museum wishes you happy day of the sun, the fertile dew and healing herbs! Let's stay healthy so everyone can wait up for their good magic!
This year, from June 4, the museum specialists offer to all interested in the Bulgarian tradition to join in this year's ethnographic workshop at Brakalov's house (Burgas, 69 Slavyanska st).
The participation in our ethnographic workshop will bring you close to the Bulgarian folk culture, to the games and handicrafts of our ancestors: weaving on a tile or on a vertical loom, making rag dolls, pompons, tassels, necklaces and woven flowers, crochet and Bulgarian embroidery, sewing and decorating small bags. You will learn traditional songs and refrains, figure out the symbolism of rituals and customs part of the Bulgarian holiday calendar, create a maiden wrist for Enyovden and a huge garland of 77 and a half herbs.
Mr.Ivan Arabadzhiev has already prepared the potter's wheel and, as always, is full of ideas for new sculptures and ceramics.
Each activity lasts 2 astronomical hours, which can be selected depending on the willingness of the participants and working time of each workshop. The cost of each activity is 7 LV/BGN. The price includes also a ticket for optional visit of one of the four expositions in RIM Burgas - Ethnographical, Historical, Natural-history and Archaeological.
You can use the accumulated tickets whenever you attend the workshops: to visit museum with a close friend or relative, you would present tickets with value covering the entry fee for each accompanying person. For example: a child + parent = 6 BGN (present 3 tickets).
Note: Tickets will be valid from workshops only if they are marked with the seal of the Ethnographic Museum.
For further information: ETHNOGRAPHIC EXPOSITION
8000 Burgas, Slavyanska St. 69
tel: +359 56 84 25 87
Natural History Department of Regional Historical Museum Burgas offers a new opportunity for the children in the city to spend part of their summer vacation. For the first time we organize environmental training program called
ADVENTURE IN THE MUSEUM 2012
From 4th to 29th of June 2012 each week a group of 10 children will be formed. During the 5 days (Monday to Friday from 10.30 to 17.00), the children divided into two age groups - under 14 and 14 and above - will get acquainted with the Museum's collections and will be given rich biological information in the form of entertaining environmental games.
The programs for both age groups were developed by experts from the museum and are unusual in content. The course is based on fun methods for information presentation, included are very logical and creative games, opportunities for individual and group performances. Daily rewards expect the top participants. On the last day, each child will be awarded a diploma and most successful student a special reward.
The program is free and is funded under the project "Natural History Museum in help of environmental education" of RIM Burgas and America for Bulgaria:
Seats are limited. The registration continues until 31 May in the Natural History Museum (Burgas, Fotinov St. 30) or by phone 056 84 32 39