For your internship in Bulgaria, International Horizons entrusts you with the different local customs for your internship abroad!
The Orthodox Easter is a major holiday that is one or two weeks later than the Catholic calendar.
Until recently, the metchkana were still practicing in Bulgaria. While playing a gadul ka, a traditional stringed instrument or an accordion, which made bears dance, standing on their hind legs.
The barba marta takes place on March 1st, on the occasion of the arrival of spring. Bulgarians offer a martenitza to bring good luck to their loved ones. Bulgarians adorn themselves with a small red and white pompom that they will wear during the month of March.
In the churches, we pray standing up.
The Saturday before Holy Week. On the Sunday before Holy Week, the front doors are decorated with weeping willow branches. Hard-boiled eggs are painted and people bicker while trying to keep their egg whole.
In spring Lazarouvane (Saint Lazarus) is celebrated. This festival, of Slavic origin, is intended for young girls who dream of happiness, love and therefore marriage.
There are 160 monasteries in Bulgaria. The largest and most magnificent of them is the Rila Monastery, which is also the most visited tourist spot in Bulgaria.
Today, in some monasteries, the empty cells of the monks are transformed into modest guest rooms to welcome visitors seeking healing or peace and serenity.
Don’t drop the salt shaker (a container, usually small, used to hold salt and make it available to guests), it brings bad luck!
In towns and villages, you will notice death notices (with a picture of the deceased) and big black bow ties stuck on poles, trees and walls, which stay there until the wind or the rain takes them off.