March 13, 2014

Baba Marta Workshop in Doganovo

After the Christmas workshop we did with the children in Doganovo, now it was time to get ready for one of our favorite Bulgarian traditions – Baba Marta (Grandma March). So, on Saturday, 15 February, we went to Doganovo to make lots of pretty martenitsas – these red and white thread adornments in the shape of a bracelet, doll or amulet that people in Bulgaria give to each other on the first day of March. More about the tradition On the first day of March and for a few days afterwards, Bulgarians exchange and wear these white and red adornments. The most traditional form is a set of small dolls called Pizho and Penda. In Bulgarian folklore, the name Baba Marta (Grandma March) refers to a grumpy old lady whose mood swings rapidly as a personification of the month of March. The common belief is that by wearing the red and white colors of the martenitsa people ask Baba Marta for mercy. They hope that it will make winter pass […]
March 9, 2014

7 fun facts about the Boris Garden in Sofia

How often do you pass by a park or a garden? You hang out with friends, sit on a bench drinking beer, or just lazily lie on the grass letting time fly? Have you ever wondered about the stories these places hide? Here are some fun facts about the biggest park in our capital to help you get to know it better (and also give you an extra topic for conversation during your next stroll along the blooming flower beds). 1. Initially, the Boris Garden was in the outskirts of Sofia but as the city grew rapidly the park ended up in the very center of Sofia. 2. The Boris Garden was built at the end of the 19th century. Its name went through a number of changes. First, it was Razsadnika (The Nursery Garden), then Pepiniera, Tzarigradskata gradina, Knyaz Borisovata gradina (The Prince Boris Garden) and The Freedom Park. 3. It was designed by a Swiss gardener who was brought all the way from Bucharest. 4. The plants for the Japanese Corner, which was made […]