[img left]http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/images/nathis/izlozhbi/gig-ribi-fotoizlozhba.jpg[/img]On occasion of 2 February - World Wetlands Day, the Natural History Museum of Burgas will be hosting the photo exhibition of the Historical Museum in Tutrakan
"The giant fish of Danube"
The opening of the exhibition will be on February 5 at 13:30 in the hall of the Natural History Museum (Burgas, 30 K.Fotinov St.)
Donube is the largest river in Europe and habitat for more than 80 species of fish. Some of them are unique to it (Danubian endemic), and others are found in some other major rivers flowing into the Black Sea. In recent years due to human activity, the fish diversity of the river is greatly reduced. Sturgeons are among those who gradually disappear. Only 100 years ago Donube fishermen were catching giant specimens weighing several hundred pounds. Namely those catches were sealed in the photos presented in the exhibition .
Fishing on the Danube is a traditional source of livelihood for the people inhabiting the river banks for tens of thousands of years. The idea of creating a photo archive with giant fish caught by fishermen in the river occurs on occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Ethnographic Museum in Tutrakan. Its author is Velichko Atanasov, curator at the museum. The exhibition presents 32 photographs of starry, perch, catfish and large cod caught over the years in the Bulgarian part of the Danube river. The archive contains photographs, which were made in the 2nd half of the 20th century and most were donated by individuals. The oldest picture is from 1942 - a cod caught near the village of Vruv weighing 393 kg .
The exhibition will remain in Burgas by the end of March 2014
Burgas Museum is one of the oldest scientific and cultural organizations in the city of Burgas. In its century long history the museum has conducted and continues to conduct a number of scientific and popular studies, as a result of which today are known huge amount of archaeology, history, ethnography and nature science researches of southeastern Bulgaria.
According to the requirements of ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Museums Act and the Law on cultural heritage of Republic of Bulgaria, each museum has one further main function - the education. In this direction, the Burgas Regional Historical Museum started the preparation and implementation of museum education program aimed primarily at students. As a first step in this endeavor the museum began the organization of a roundtable / forum titled "Museum and School Education".
The roundtable / forum will be held on 07.02.2014 in Hall 208 of Burgas Free University at 11:00.
All willing to participate in the roundtable may send a requests to the email address of the museum: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on: +359 56/842 582.
In January the Eastern Christianity honours three saints, who are symbols of divine knowledge and worldly wisdom - St.Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian. While each of them has a separate holy-day, in 1084 it was decided that the three saints shall be honoured in a common feast day in order to show their great importance to the theological science. Nowadays, by decision of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the day of the Three Holy Hierarchs has been celebrated since the 30s of the twentieth century as patronal day of religious schools, institutes and theological faculties, and these great hierarchs as celestial and spiritual patrons of all Orthodox spiritual schools.
When referring to Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, the words used to describe them are divine, perfect, inimitable convincing in their speech, skilled interpreters of scriptures with unsurpassed elegance of expression. These holy men surpass all words and deeds, in no way inferior to the angels, most humane, understanding the weakness of human nature. When we look at the written heritage of these Three Wise Men, we will be convinced of the truth of these claims.
Their infinite wisdom is timeless, not only in the knowledge of God, but for the life of searches. Because, frankly, people have not changed much and always need guidance. Yes, yes, still "there is nothing new under the sun"!
Children contest "[url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=ethno&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=rituals&pgno=3&eid=54]Martenitsa in the traditional Bulgarian culture[/url]" 2014 is organized by Municipality Burgas, Regional Historical Museum - Burgas and Municipal Children Complex
This years competition is held for the fifteenth consecutive time.
PURPOSE OF THE CONTEST: To preserve and promote Bulgarian folk customs in
Burgas municipality and to stimulate the interest of students to the rich cultural heritage and folk traditions.
1. Children from kindergartens and students from first to twelfth grade, who are familiar with Bulgarian folklore, traditions and crafts.
2. The works must be collective.
3. Each group, class or school is allowed to compete only with 1 collective work.
4. Each work contains the following information:
• Name of the club or school
• Age of the participants
• Name of the team leader and telephone number
5. All works / [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=ethno&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=rituals&pgno=3&eid=54]martenitsas [/url]should be arranged in a form convenient to carry and display on a tripod.
Deadline for the submission of finished martenitsas: 20/02/2014 till 14.00 in the building of the Municipal Children's Complex (Burgas 8000, ul.Raina Knyaginya 11).
The announcement of the winners and the opening of the exhibition will be on 28.02.2014 at 11:00 in Cultural Center "Casino" - Hall "Georgi Baev".
For more information:
• +359 56 844 549 - Municipal Children Complex Burgas
• +359 56 842 587 - Ethnographic Museum - Burgas
„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.