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133 anniversary of the Burgas Liberation
Sunday, 06 Feb 2011 - Historical Museum

Curators from Regional Historical Museum - Burgas participated in the celebrations of 133 anniversary of the Burgas Liberation. They presented flowers to the memorial of A. M. Lermontov and the Liberators Monument.

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International Wetlands Day
Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 - Natural-History Museum

[justify] Full of emotions we celebrated the International Wetlands Day in the Natural-History Exposition - Burgas. 20 students from upper classes of the Burgas schools - Konstantin Preslavski School and High School of Mathematics Acad N. Obreshkov, joined in a competition organized by the Regional History Museum - Burgas in partnership with BSPB and RIOSV. All participants demonstrated impressive knowledge on the wetlands around Burgas, their inhabitants and the threats hanging over these important habitats and in particular several bird species that are worldwide endangered. Undisputed favourites in the competition were the teams of Boyana Atanasova, Branimira Yordanova and Daniela Yordanova from High School of Mathematics Acad N. Obreshkov, and Roxanna Kantardjieva and Yanita Kondova from Konstantin Preslavski School. They received a well deserved first place.[/justify]

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February 2 - International Wetlands Day
Tuesday, 01 Feb 2011 - Natural-History Museum

Each year on February 2, we celebrate the International Wetlands Day. On this date in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, the Convention on Wetlands was adopted. Lake Atanasovsko is among the first four wetlands, which Bulgaria added to the Ramsar document. For our country, the Convention is in force since 1976.
Students from two schools in Burgas will participate in the conference „WETLANDS – THE BLUE WEALTH OF BURGAS. The event is organized by the Regional History Museum - Burgas in partnership with the Bulgarian Society for Birds Protection. Three teams from each school, Konstantin Preslavski School and High School of Mathematics Acad N. Obreshkov, will present the richness of Burgas lakes in multimedia presentations. There will be prizes for all participants.
Participants in the student conference will be able to view the exhibition “Lake Atanasovsko - people, birds and salt” dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the lake’s declaration as a maintained nature reserve through the implementation of project "Life for the Burgas lakes" part of the EU program LIFE +, by BSPB in partnership with Municipality Burgas.
If you want to learn more about the lakes of Burgas and its bird species variety, as well as to view 18 photographs revealing the unique beauty of Lake Atanasovsko, you are welcome to join the student conference.
The conference will be held on February 2 2011, 10:00 in the hall of Natural-History Exposition – Burgas (ul. Fotinov 30).

Updates in the web section of Archaeological Exposition Burgas
Wednesday, 05 Jan 2011 - Archeological Museum

Visit the updated web section of Archaeological Exposition Burgas.
In the new menu "Research" you may find articles and studies of the expert archaeologists from Burgas Museum.
[url=index.php?tab=arch&page=middleages&lang=[curlang]]Burgas Region during the Middle Ages.[/url]
[url=index.php?tab=arch&page=prehistoric&lang=[curlang]]Prehistoric monuments in the territory of modern Burgas.[/url]
[url=index.php?tab=arch&page=pudizo&lang=[curlang]]The area of Burgas on a Roman map.[/url]

In the page about the history of Archaeological Exposition Burgas, you will find the brief exposé of PhD II Degree, Dr. in archaeology Martin Gyuzelev about the beginning of the museum community in Burgas and in particular the [url=index.php?tab=arch&page=themuseum&lang=[curlang]]establishment of Archaeological Society Debelt.[/url]

Additions have been made to the photo galleries of Rusokastro, Foros/Poros and Settlement mound Burgas.

Regional Burgas Museum wishes You Merry Christmas and successful New Year!
Friday, 24 Dec 2010 - Global

Traditional food for the Christmas Holidays in Bulgaria
Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 - Ethnographical Museum

Traditional food for Christmas Eve
Wheat; Fresh bread; Beans; Bagels; Sarmi with bulgur or rice; Banica - pie with pumpkin (tikvenik) or with greenery (Zelnik); Stuffed dried paprika with beans Dried fruits /compote of dried fruits/; Walnuts with garlic and honey; Fresh apples, pears or others.

Recipe: Creased beans
Ingredients: 500g beans, 200g onion, 15g salt, 2 carrots, 30g dried parsley and spearmint, 200g oil, 2 tablespoons red pepper.

The beans are cleaned, washed and soaked in cold water for about 8 hours, then discard the water, pour new water inside and let it boil 15 minutes. Again pour in clean water and add chopped onions and carrots. After boiling, salt it up, drain the water and while hot, crush the beans to a pulp, then add the oil, red pepper and sprinkles of parsley and mint. Eat cold!

Traditional food for Christmas day
Fresh bread; Pastırma with cabbage; Pie with meat; Pork with leek; Baked liver; Roasted chicken

Recipe: Kebab of pork meat
Ingredients: pork meat with fat, 1 onion or leek, 1 cup of sour cabbage juice.

Cut the meat into small pieces without separating the fat. Place on a tray. Add the chopped onions. Salt to taste and pour over cabbage soup. Bake in moderate oven.

Learn more about the traditional Bulgarian Christmas customs: [url=index.php?tab=ethno&lang=[curlang]&page=encyc&enc=rituals&eid=69]Christmas Eve and Christmas Day[/url] and [url=index.php?tab=ethno&lang=[curlang]&page=encyc&enc=rituals&eid=58]Koleduvane[/url]

Ethnographic Museum Burgas presents the traditional Christmas Eve table
Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 - Ethnographical Museum

In connection with the upcoming Christmas holidays, Ethnographic Museum Burgas presents the traditional Christmas Eve table.

The traditional feast for Christmas Eve is symbolic; it recreates a special rite for fertility and good fortune. Everything that is put on the table - a ritual bread, garlic, corn, popcorn, beans, apples, dried fruits, honey, walnuts, quinces, should bring plenty. Arrange are only Lenten dishes strictly of odd number: 7, 9, 11, for example: sarmi (rolls) with sour cabbage leaves, stuffed peppers with rice, pumpkin pie (tikvenik). The more dishes, the richer will be the year. An old silver coin placed inside one of the dishes as a symbol of the property in the new year. According to the tradition, there are three types of ritual bread: the first one is dedicated to the holiday (“bogovitsa”, “bogova pita”, “svetets” (English: Saint) - a large round loaf decorated with dough), second type is dedicated to the farm labour and peasants (with various decorations) and the third one is meant for the carollers “koledari” ("rambled-bent" bagel).
The ritual table is censed by the eldest in the family. In Burgas region for the ethnographic group Zagorci this is the first “censed” dinner, and for the groups Ruptsi and Tronki, it is the second (after St. Nicholas' Day).
On Christmas Eve the fire should not be put out because it is associated with the birth of the "Young God" during this certain night. The Yule log “budnik” is burning in the fireplace, which is usually special selected thick oak or pear log. It symbolizes the world tree that is connecting heaven and earth and brings order to the world. The Yule log “budnik” is also seen as symbol of fertility and vitality. It is not left to burn the whole. Once extinguished, the people put it behind the door and part is made into a plough. Its ashes have magical healing power and can be used to predict the future.
The Christmas Eve dinner starts early “so the corn to ripen early”. During the meal, none has been allowed to leave the table, only the house keeper may stand up but he walks bend, as the corn grains and tree branches to be bending under the weight of their fruit.
© Rosica Topalova

Photo: Community Center Samoobrazovanie at the village of Galabets, Municipality Pomorie.

Natural History Museum in Support of the Environmental Education
Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 - Natural-History Museum

Natural History Museum in Support of the Environmental Education
Project of RIM - Burgas, funded by America for Bulgaria Foundation

This project is an attempt to awaken interest in environmental issues and environmental protection, by students of the technology era. The biology texts may seem monotonous and boring, if served without visual aids. This is a huge obstruction for the absorption of knowledge and drastically reduces the quality of education, which affects the students and limits the enrichment of their culture and knowledge. The team of Natural History exposition - Burgas has developed a methodology, which turns the exhibits examination in the museum into an exciting adventure, especially for younger children. For students with interests in biology it provides a basis and opportunity to deepen their knowledge, and why not to develop them into their future profession.
The project will be implemented in 4 stages:
• Advertising Campaign - publishing and distribution of a wall calendar and museum brochures in any biology study rooms at the Burgas schools. The calendar will contain information about important environmental events - Earth Day, Wetlands Day, Bird Day, etc.
• In early February, eco-club will open doors at the museum. Its main objective will be to raise children with an interest in biology and to provide access to current scientific environmental research. Meetings would be held once a week - mornings and afternoon. Lectures will be held on different biological topics in the form of modern multimedia presentation. The proximity of the museum to the sea garden will help in the early spring, the lectures to be accompanied with excursions to the nature.
• Next stage of the project is to conduct summer Zoo Academy - Adventure in the Museum. For five days the children are divided into two age groups - 14 and over 14 years. The little explorers will get acquainted with the Museum's collections and will be presented with rich biological information in the form of entertaining games with environmental thematic. On the last day of the Zoo Academy, each child will be awarded a diploma.
• An exhibition of materials produced by the children during the summer Zoo Academy will be organized in July.
For further information and registration, dial Tel: +359 56 843 239 or []send us a message on our e-mail.[/url]

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Monday, 20 Dec 2010 - Ethnographical Museum

Ignazhden / 20.12 /
[img left]uploads/images/misc/st.ignatius.jpg[/img] This Christian holiday is celebrated in honour of St. Ignatius, he also called himself Bogomolets (Greek: Theophorus “God Bearer”). From Ignazhden until Christmas Eve is the time of Virgin Mary’s throes, who was going to give birth to the young Son of God. According to popular belief Ignazhden is the start of New Year’s and Christmas holidays.
The main ritual on this day is called “polyazvane”. The women watch careful who will enter their home first on this day and so they predict what will be the upcoming year. If the first to enter is a good man and a housekeeper, there'll be a fruitful and happy year for the family. This person, who enters first in the house is called “polyaznik”. The family prepares a special ritual table for the “polyaznik” in order to express their respect and honour towards the guest.
On this day takes place the first Christmas dinner. The food is entirely vegetarian - yeast bread without decorations, bagels, cooked bulgur, potatoes with rice, boiled beans and corn, dried fruits, cabbage, onion, garlic. A candle is ignited on top of the boiled wheat or the bread. The oldest family member censes the table with lit incense.

Round loaf with yeast
Ingredients: 1kg flour, 10g yeast, 150g milk and 150g water, 5g salt.

The flour is placed in a bowl and a small pit is made in the middle where are poured milk, water, yeast and crushed salt. All this is mixed in dough and then formed into a loaf to be placed in a baking dish. Bake after the rise.

Round open bagels are made from the dough for yeast bread. Scatter on top with salt and sesame. Leave in a warm place to rise and smear over with water before baking.
© Krasimira Dubarova

St.Nicolas' Day with us
Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - Ethnographical Museum

On St. Nicholas' Day, the yard of the Ethnographical Museum was filled with people - young and old, officially engaged and such who came of their own accord, busy and relaxed, but all under the influence of the festive mood and a particular enthusiasm ...
The consecration of the ritual table was served by Father Peter from the Cathedral St. Cyril and Methodius and the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education Yordanka Ananieva completed the ritual by breaking the festive bread. According to traditions, the way the loaf was split into, bodes that in the next year, the men will have to do more work and the initiative in every endeavour will be theirs. First to try of “bogovitsata” (ritual bread) donated by “Bread and bakery products – Burgas”, were the sailors veterans who always enthusiastically participate in all events at St. Nicholas' Day.

Women from Center Vselena surprised the audience with their cheerful dolls marina style.
In their paintings from the exhibition "St. Nicholas and the sea", the students of Mrs. Anna Ivanova from "Hristo Botev" School - Sarafovo have painted their vision of the saint and St. Nicholas holiday.
Foundation "Bulgarian Craft Masters" offered to the visitors, traditional Bulgarian pottery, textiles, icons and other souvenirs.
Exclusive interest raised the Exhibition "Burgas, Eternally Bound to the Sea", arranged in the yard of the Ethnographical Museum. Photo posters present the history of Burgas, the city in weekday and weekend, winter and summer, its beach, harbour and nearby island of St. Anastasia ... And the sea is not a background here, nor a metaphor - it is part of our lives. Therefore, the motto we chose for our exhibition a quatrain by the well-known poet Ivan Nenkov:
"Your home is the city by the sea,
here is the white harbour, from where
following their hopes and mirages,
all crews have been leaving."

St. Nicholas' Day marks the beginning of the great Expectation, the Christmas eve representing birth of a new life, birth of hope. In folk beliefs Saint Nicholas did not only rescue sailors in trouble or the fallen in storm, he is patron of the uneasy transition from the old to the new year. With his ship he carries us to the new, the better and more desired. May our hopes for health, happiness, success, peace and calm days, not be wasted!
Text by Rosica Topalova

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