June 16, 2016
ден на баща Седмица на бащата 2015 и Сдружение 365 | Free Sofia Tour

Ден на бащата 2016

Спомняте ли си националната кампания “Да бъдеш баща” на mencare.bg, която направи невероятно видео? Това е национална кампания за по-активно включване на бащите в живота на децата. Бащата и майката са партньори в грижите за детето, затова е важно и двамата родители да участват активно в живота на децата. Photo: http://mencare.bg/tatko-venelin/ През 2014 и 2015 година нашето Сдружение 365 взе участие в “Седмицата на бащата” с една страхотна инициатива – “Тур за деца и бащи”. Тази година специално за Деня на бащата сме подготвили същата изненада. И така: Кога? На 19ти юни (неделя) от 10:00 часа. Къде? Пред Съдебната палата в град София Как? Като запишете вас и вашето дете предварително на [email protected] Местата са ограничени. Първите 15 записали се ще получат потвърждение 🙂 Кой? Поканени са всички бащи и деца. Турът ще се проведе на български език. Ще бъде с продължителност около час и половина и е подходящ за деца от 7 до 14 годишна възраст.
May 26, 2016
Saint Petka of the Saddlers 1

Saint Petka of the Saddlers Church

The church of Saint Petka of the Saddlers (Sveta Petka Samardzhiyska) is a medieval Bulgarian Ortodox church, located in the center of Sofia near the Sveta Nedelya cathedral. It is a small single nave building featuring a semi-cylindrical vault and a hemispherical apse, all positioned above a Roman crypt discovered during World War II. The church is dedicated to the martyr St. Paraskevi of Iconium (rendered in Bulgarian as sveta Petka/Paraskeva Ikoniyska). The story says that Paraskeva was a woman living in Iconium, Asia Minor (present day Konya, Turkey), at the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd century. She was introduced to Christianity by her parents. They died when she was very young and as they were very wealthy she inherited a huge fortune. Instead of spending the fortune on luxury and pleasures, she helped people in need by providing food for the starving, shelter for the homeless and clothes for those who could not afford them. She was so devoted to Christianity that she decided to […]
February 8, 2016
Kukeri

Kukeri – An old and scary Bulgarian tradition

The unknown Kukeri carnival You have probably heard of the carnivals of Rio or Venice. If you do some research, you will undoubtedly encounter theories, attributing the origin of the carnival tradition to Roman and Greek pagan traditions, some of which were connected to Bacchus/Dionysus, a Thracian and Greek god of wine. However, what you may not know is that we also have a carnival of our own, dedicated to the exact same deity. We call it “Kukeri” and it’s one of the most ancient pagan traditions we still follow to date. When is Kukeri carnival celebrated? Every year in January and February (depending on the region) in towns and villages around the country Bulgarians and foreign guests gather to enjoy this special kind of festival. The kukeri, traditionally men only, are the protagonists in this ancient mystery. They form a procession through the streets and perform ritual dances dressed in their handmade costumes. The scarier the outfit, the better, as the goal of the whole rite is to chase away the evil spirits of winter. The Kukeri costumes… The […]
January 25, 2016
Department of Theology

The Department of Theology

When is The Department of Theology of the Sofia University founded? The Department of Theology was founded in 1923 and since then it has been an active center for the dissemination of religious knowledge in Bulgaria. Today it also houses the St. Kliment Ohridski chapel, a church library and the National Museum of Church History and Archaeology of the Holy Synod. The museum exhibits over 10,000 objects: icons, wood carvings, church utensils, books, documents and more. History of the Department of Theology At the turn of the previous century the same space was occupied by the bell tower of the nearby Sveta Nedelya (Holy Sunday) church. The construction of the Department of Theology started with the proclamation of Bulgaria’s independence in 1908 and was completed in 1914. However, finishing works and mural painting continued until the autumn of 1923. The building was designed by the famous Austro-Hungarian architect Friedrich Grünanger and is one of the several prime representatives of the then trendy Byzantine Revival or Neo-Byzantine architectural style. Decorative ceramic tiles, […]
January 7, 2016

The Free Sofia Tour Is Looking For New Guides

Free Sofia Tour is back! It’s the beginning of January; winter holidays are (unfortunately) gone, so we at the Free Sofia Tour are already starting to think ahead. You might have seen us on the street, you might have seen us in the media, you might have heard someone tell you stories of us… If you haven’t, this is who we are and what we do. Our primary goal is to make every guest of our tour feel welcomed to Sofia and Bulgaria. We want to ignite a spark of interest in such a way so that they would want to come back and recommend it to their friends. We are passionate about what we do and we constantly strive to make each tour personal, fun, informative, helpful and unforgettable. We are looking for New Guides! Take a look at our poster and if you see yourself in it, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you see someone else in it, don’t hesitate to tell them not to hesitate to contact us […]
December 31, 2015
Christmas or New Year’s? A Communist Take | Free Sofia Tour

Christmas or New Year’s? A Communist Take

Christmas in Bulgaria during communist times If you have read our 5 Bulgarian Christmas facts and traditions post, you already know how we celebrate Christmas in Bulgaria nowadays. But during the 45 years of Communism in our country (1944 – 1989) things were quite different. The reason: communist countries were officially atheist, so it was seen as completely inappropriate for the regime to celebrate religious holidays. Informally, however, most people would still celebrate secretly at home with their families. So, the communist government had to come up with ideas to discourage the people to celebrate Christmas, Easter and other religious holidays. In this blog post we would talk about… Five ways to discourage celebrating Christmas during the Communist period: The power of TV How do you create a situation where the people would prefer to stay home on Christmas Eve, rather than go to church? Easy! The Communist party came up with the idea to broadcast movies from western countries (the USA, the UK, France, Italy etc.) on the national […]
December 28, 2015
Our Cozy Christmas Party - Free Sofia Tour Style | Free Sofia Tour

Our Cozy Christmas Party

Our traditional Christmas party It is the event on which current and former members, as well as partners and friends of the Association, meet to celebrate together just before the Christmas holidays. Usually the party is organized by the team of Free Sofia Tour. This year, however, we decided to leave the organization to the team of the Social Awareness Program. Although the Social Awareness Program is just one year younger than our first project Free Sofia Tour, not so many people know about its activities. It is the only project that is not directly involved in tourism and therefore it remains in the shadow. Well this year we decided to put it in focus, present the team and reveal the projects we’re involved into. Our hosts from DaDa Cultural Bar have prepared very special welcome drinks Home-made rum & home-made mulled wine. And the team has prepared ginger X-mas cookies, vegan bonbons & walnut cookies, cheese bites, salty muffins, apple mini-baskets, chocolate lollipops, and baklava – all home-made! Each guest was greeted […]
December 24, 2015

5 Bulgarian Christmas facts and traditions

It is winter and for the Bulgarians it is the time for celebrations. Back in the day when most of  us were dealing with agriculture and livestock breeding there was a lot of free time during the winter. Back  during that time the winter would start with Dimitrovden  (St Dimitar’s Day) and ends about Gergiovden (St. George’s day).  During the winter we celebrate tons of days dedicated to Saints and name days, as well as Christmas. Christmas is one of the most loved holidays in Bulgaria and a very popular time of the year when families get together. In Bulgaria just like everywhere else around the globe the Cristmas spirit is here and we are ready for celebrating. Here are some of the most popular facts and traditions about Christmas in Bulgaria: 1. We celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. Bulgarians are mainly Eastern Orthodox, but we follow the Gregorian calender and we have Christmas on the 25th of December. 2. Christmas in Bulgaria lasts three days  starting on […]
December 22, 2015

Tours on Christmas and New Year’s 2015/2016

Free Sofia Tour Announcement Dear Friends, Free Sofia Tour is happy to announce that we will be running as usual (both 11AM and 6PM) on both – 24th and 25th of December as well as 31st of December and 1st of January. Every day, twice a day, 365 days a year! Also, we will be running both our Culture and Communist tours. You can join the Culture tour 3 times a week – 25.12, 26.12, 28.12. in 2015 and on 01.01., 02.01.2016 and so on – every Monday, Friday and Saturday. The same is valid for the Communist tour – 24.12, 26.12, 27.12, 31.12 in 2015 and on 02.01., 03.01.2016 and so on – every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. If you decided to spend the holidays in our capita we will be very happy if you decide to join us! Here’s some of the things going on in Sofia these days: Sofia Mezi – Until the 23th of December there is a Balkan Christmas Festival next to the national stadium […]