On Annunciation in the Ethnographic Museum a colourful and interesting exhibition under the name "Doll and tradition" was opened. The museum yard filled up with lively participants who came to take part on this small spring festival dedicated to the Christian holiday Annunciation - the most wholesome day of the year. On this day it is good to get up earlier, to do something good. The sun always has an award for the hard-working. The swallow brings news that winter is over and the cuckoo, hidden throughout the year, hooks from the morning. On Annunciation, even the wounds are not hurting, that’s why little girls get their ears punched right on that day. A cake with honey is prepared and given out. If pumpkins and watermelons are planted on Annunciation, they will become very sweet. Fairies leave their distant homes and interacting with people. Bears start moving in the forest and bathe in the river. Excitement arises in nature and among men and the sunny mood must be shared.
Children from the community center "Suglasie 1905" led by Veselka Yordanova, some of whom are authors of the exhibited dolls, came from the district Bulgarovo. Their idea everyone to paint own doll in an improvised studio was enthusiastically adopted by the fifth-graders from School St. Cyril and Methodius - Burgas, led by their art teacher Tanya Stoyanova. Students learned more about the folk beliefs and rituals associated with Annunciation and received a souvenir - postcards with exhibits from the Ethnographic Museum.
[img right]uploads/images/misc/DSC_4609.jpg[/img][justify]On Annunciation - March 25, 2011, at 11:30, the exhibition "Doll and tradition" will open in Ethnographical Exposition Burgas. This event is organized by RIM - Burgas and Cultural Club "Suglasie 1905" – Bulgarovo.
Featured are children's artworks from the Fourth National Contest Kukeri held in the city of Bulgarovo and over 40 handmade dolls in different sizes and forms all bright and sunny.
Each guest will be able to paint a doll – an expression of his own inner image for it. People believe that whatever you do and the way your day was on Annunciation, this will be through the whole year. Let us together make a good spring magic spell for peaceful, bright and happy days![/justify]
[url=index.php?tab=ethno&lang=[curlang]&page=encyc&enc=rituals&eid=71]Learn more about the Bulgarian tradition connected with the Christian holiday Annunciation.[/url]
After the festive euphoria surrounding this year’s Martenitsa annual competition was over, Regional Museum Burgas conducted a deep analysis taking into account the results of the latest edition.
The competition involved mainly students from primary schools. For this age group may be wishful thinking in the direction of quality, adherence to tradition and use of natural materials.
Unsatisfying was the participation of secondary schools. We would like to promote next year's competition further among students in the secondary schools.
[img left]uploads/images/misc/bgfl.jpg[/img][justify]The Burgas museum workers welcomed a record number of visitors - 1218 people for Third March – Bulgaria’s Liberation Day. On the national holiday Regional Burgas Museum declared open doors day for all citizens and guests of Burgas, who were able to view the latest museum exhibitions. From the poll conducted among the visitors, it was concluded that the children liked the most the martenitsa exhibition and the Natural History Museum. Adults and grown-up students appreciated the large numismatic exhibition and archaeological valuables. In the History Museum, the exhibition on the Liberation of Burgas region continues to be on display.
Despite the frosty day and cold wind many families with young children, students and elderly people came to visit the museum expositions with a festive mood already at the early morning. Maybe because "Third of March" is not among the standard phrases for the meaning of freedom and in disputes was it the "Ottoman domination" or the "Ottoman presence", from which we’ve got liberated. The real celebration consists in the desire to go out among people, being one with all; in need to touch the past, the tradition, to the Bulgarian.[/justify]
From March 1st, all museums in Burgas will be open for visitors from Monday to Friday between 9:00 - 17:00.
On March 3rd, Bulgaria's national holiday, the museums in Burgas will be open for visitors free of charge from 10:00 to 16:30.
[img right]uploads/images/misc/martenitsa.jpg[/img][justify]First of March marks the beginning of the spring-summer season. This holiday is also called "Marta", "Martichka", "Gadalushka", "Kichilka.
Today matenitsa is a symbol of our faith in the renewal power of spring, our hope for more prosperity and fertility. In the past it was believed that the martenitsas on one hand could protect people from disasters, diseases and misfortune as they "drive away the evil", on the other hand bring health, success and happiness.
Even today they are made from white and red treads: White colour symbolizes innocence, spiritual purity and longevity;
and the Red colour - the fire, blood and life itself.[/justify]
The annual contest "Martenitsa in the traditional Bulgarian culture" was organized by Municipality Burgas, Municipal Children's Complex and Regional Historical Museum Burgas. It is an expression of our desire to preserve this Bulgarian custom from ancient times to gift a Martenitsa as a charm for health, fertility and good fortune. The magic created of white and red thread captured once again the contestants - students from schools in Burgas region. They proved themselves as true artists using mostly natural materials. Following all the requirements of the Bulgarian tradition, the children have created unique, authentic martenitsa charms. Students from First Bulgarian Sunday School “St. Ivan Rilski”, Hativa and Engera, Spain led by Mrs. K.Miteva and V.Bozhanova, joined this years contest.
[img right]uploads/images/misc/P2250015.jpg[/img][justify]Mesni Zagovezni is a moveable feast in the Bulgarian Orthodox calendar. This feast’s date is not fixed in the civil calendar and varies depending on the date of Easter. Mesni Zagovezni is always celebrated on a Sunday eight weeks before Easter. This year Mesni Zagovezni will be celebrated on 27.02, which means Sirni Zagovezni will be on 06.03. Sirni Zagovezni is celebrated seven weeks before Easter. The evening of this feast is spent with members of close families. Until dinner time the custom for “forgiveness” has to be completed – the younger kiss hands of an older, in such way seek and receive forgiveness for their mistakes and insults.
[url=index.php?tab=ethno&lang=[curlang]&page=encyc&enc=rituals&eid=70]Learn more about the customs related to Mesni and Sirni Zagovezni.[/url]
On Sunday between Mesni and Sirni Zagovezni, one of the most vivid traditions is the kukeri (mummers') games. Participants in these games are only bachelors and young men. [/justify]
On 25.02.2011 in the Ethnographic Museum for the second time, a joint initiative of the Burgas English Language School’s Literary Society and RIM Burgas has taken place.
The upcoming spring holidays provoked this youth talk about the wonderful Bulgarian tradition on March 1st and the most beautiful feeling - love.
Performed were poems and essays written by the young artists, led by the Bulgarian language and literature teacher Dora Lazarova.
Natural History Department by Regional Historical Museum - Burgas
[img left]uploads/images/misc/chapli.jpg[/img]Dear naturalists if you want to learn many interesting facts about nature, plants and animals, we would welcome you in our eco-club "Vaya".
At the end of 2007 an eco-club has been created by the Natural History Department of Regional Historical Museum Burgas in order to attract everyone interested in the Bulgarian nature and its preservation. We called it after the name of our Burgas lake - "Vaya".
The club activities include lectures on various biological and ecological topics, film screenings for plants, animals, rocks and minerals, and trips to the nature for study and conservation.
Club meetings: every Thursday from 10:00 am and 14:00 pm in the hall of Natural History Museum in Burgas (St. K. Fotinov 30).
There are no age restrictions. The only condition is to love animals and nature, and desire to learn something new.
Natural History Department of RIM Burgas:
Tel. +359 56 843 239
[url=uploads/ekoklubvaia.pdf]Download in pdf[/url]