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.
Natural History Museum Burgas in partnership with the project "The Salt of Life", funded by the LIFE + Programme of the European Union and the local Inspectorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education organize a student competition for the design of promotional materials for Lake Atanaskovsko.
The competition is open to all students from school class I to XII in the city of Burgas. The competitors will be divided into two age groups - from I to IV class making cards and / or leaflets and V to XII class making booklet and / or audio clip. Deadline is 25.01.2013, projects submission in paper at the Natural History Museum of Burgas (address: Burgas, ul.Konstantin Fotinov 30). The winner will be announced on the 01.02.2013.
[url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads//Konkurs_PNM_BBF_Laguna_Atanasovsko_ezero_Pravila.pdf]Download the competition's rules. (in Bulgarian only)[/url]
Our festive program for St.Nicolas Day (Thursday, December 6, 2012) includes:
1. 10:30 hours Inauguration of the ritual table
2. 11:00 hours Special musical salute
3. Opening of the exhibition "Sea stories" - models made by sailor Dragan Krenchev
Students from the Burgas Schools "St. Cyril and Methodius" and "Bratya Miladinovi" will participate with their works dedicated to St.Nicolas Day.