Since March 2012 the team of Ethnographic Museum Burgas starts on a new column under the title "Ethno fact of the month". Here will be presented craftsmen/artists from Burgas region, unique crafts, rites and rituals, less known exhibits of the museum collection, interesting facts of the Bulgarian ethnology. "Ethno fact of the month" will share place on our website with Natural History Museum' "Species of the Week".
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/misc/332_pages.jpg[/img]New interactive travelling exhibition dedicated to the Year of the capercaillie, will open on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:30 in the Natural-history exposition of Regional History Museum Burgas. Behind the attractive title of the exhibition "Bears, wood grouse and wild goats more rarely inhabit our forests" you’ll find curious details about the life, biology and threats to these three endangered species and why their numbers rapidly declined in our forests.
Using an interactive installation, visitors can find on the map of Bulgaria places, where these three species are still found and such where they already disappeared. From panels with text and photographs, visitors will learn about the clothing, marital status, address registration and lifestyle of all three species. Part of the exhibition is a puzzle with the animal’s favourite menu at "Forest restaurant". The surprising answers are hidden under flaps with curious quizzes and more. The youngster visitors can hear the animals roar and see photographs of beautiful wildlife. For the very little ones there is a special labyrinth with folk tales about the three animals
The exhibition is a project of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation in partnership with Association „Biosphere”, Haskovo and it travelled to Burgas at the invitation of the Regional History Museum. The three species are not randomly selected - they inhabit the same forests, they are iconic and extremely endangered.
In Burgas the interactive exhibition "Bears, grouse and wild goats more rarely inhabit our forests" will be for first time on display and can be seen from March 12th to the end of April, every weekday from 10:00 to 16:45 in the Natural History Museum on 30 K.Fotinov St.
On 3 March - Liberation Day in Bulgaria, Regional History Museum - Burgas will be open free of charge from 10:00 to 16:00.
• 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.
Historical Museum Burgas will present the exhibition "Liberation of Burgas Region - the contribution of the Lermontov’s family in the Russo-Turkish War and the restoration of Burgas in 1878". Last year the exhibition was shown at the Bulgarian National Assembly.
Join us once again on March 1st at 11:00 for announcement of the competition results "Martenitsa in the traditional Bulgarian culture" as well as opening of the traditional Martenitsa exhibition at Ethnographic Museum Burgas and dive into the festive atmosphere of this old Bulgarian custom marking the beginning of spring. Organizers are the Municipality of Burgas Regional Historical Museum - Burgas and Children's Complex.
The competition is held for the thirteenth consecutive year, but for the first time the participants are so active and we are proud to present 50 original collective works in the museum main hall.
Granny Marta herself (with the size of a small old lady) will attend the celebration. For permanent cheerful mood all-through the year you will have to touch the special magic tree. With two large white-red brooms we will sweep away everything old, gloomy and sad and welcome the upcoming better.
You are welcome to come and join the celebration!
Happy First of March!
People believed that on this day the cold weather goes forty meters underground. Early in the morning lads and lasses go out with eyes closed, bring bread, silver or gold and hope when they open their eyes to see a bird as a sign of happiness.
On March 1st, people should not make bread, sew or hang out white clothes to avoid the fall of frost and hail.
If on March 1st it rains or blows warm wind, the whole year will be good and fertile.
We wish you cheerful and sunny holiday! And let our hopes come true for better spring times!
A special place in the annual circle of Bulgarian folk holidays is given to the customs related with the Easter Lent - Mesni and Sirni Zagovezni. Both holidays are always falling on Sunday, but the date depends on Easter. In 2012 Mesni Zagovezni (Meat Lent) is on 19.02. and Sirni Zagovezni a week later on 26.02. The week between these two Sundays is called Sirnitsa.
The traditional family dinner on this day contains only meat, hence the name of the holiday. After this celebration it is forbidden to eat meat until the end of the Easter fast period. The Saturday before Mesni Zagovezni is Meatfare Saturday. On this day we honor the souls of our deceased relatives, it is believed that on this day they come out and remain out until Pentecost (fifty days after Easter).
On the Sunday a week after is celebrated Sirni Zagovezni. During the day the young families visit their godfathers and parents and ask for forgiveness. The women visit the granny, who helped them deliver. Without forgiveness the custom can not be completed! In the evening a rich feast of dairy products is served, the most important one of them is the pie with cheese (banitsa). After or during the dinner takes part another ritual called “hamkane”. And then for the young maidens and bachelors comes the time to play one last mixed horo, dancing wildly and leaping around the bonfires (bg: sirnishki ognyove).
On 22.02.2012 specialists from the Ethnographic museum Burgas visited Primary School "Vasil Aprilov" in connection with a presentation part of the project "A journey into the world of toys" - Comenius Programme 2011-2013. In front of the participants (students from sixth grade) Krasimira Dubarova and Plamen Kirova demonstrated an old technique called "weaving on a tile" and then thought the children more about games and toys from the past.
The young participants with passion and skill took on the challenge and weaved their own small rugs.
And when they visit the Ethnographic museum next, they will be ready to master the big vertical loom.
[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/misc/Levski1.jpg[/img]On 19 February (February 6 old style) in 1873 the Bulgarian Apostle of Freedom was put to death. Today a memorial monument stands at the site of Vasil Levski’s hanging in Sofia, which keeps alive the memory of the glorious liberation cause.
Ethnographic Museum Burgas is preparing to welcome Baba Marta (Granny Marta). The heavy blankets and rugs have been beaten out on the sun, everything is clean and tidy, because as the tradition says for the 1st of March the Bulgarian woman thoroughly cleans her house, takes the rubbish away, burns the old broom in the yard and so invites home the new and better.
You can find handmade authentic martenitsas on our museum stand. Each martenitsa is different, but contains the binding elements: symbols for health, strength and long life; to prevent the evil eye and mischief forces; for fertility and prosperity.