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Bulgaria Festivals

KukeriThere is no shortage of festivals in Bulgaria regardless of the time of year you choose to visit. Festivals have helped to keep the country’s long tradition of song and dance alive. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Bulgaria holiday rental and villa rentals. You can rent a private villa in Bulgaria directly from your local home owner. The largest and most famous Balkan folk festival is held every 5 years at Koprivshtitsa; the next one is scheduled to take place in 2010. Koprivshtitsa is a small town 110 Km east of Sofia with many old buildings preserved in the Bulgarian National Revival style. The finals of the national folk festival take place here over 3 days with a colourful pageant of singing and dancing in local costumes. Not to be missed!
 
As farming is so important in Bulgaria there are many celebrations of nature, planting and harvest. Perhaps the most famous of these is Kukeri which celebrates the coming of spring. Kukeri is widely celebrated but most famously in Pernik in the northwest of the country. Towards the end of winter the men of the village make a scary face mask known as a mummer and dress up in animal pelts with large bells attached to their belts called kukers. Beating drums they then chase the dead spirits away to ensure the arrival of spring before coming together for a feast. Peperuda (Prayer for rain) is performed by the women of the village during drought and involves burying a male doll decorated in flowers. It is later dug up and ceremoniously thrown into the river which is said to encourage rainfall. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Bulgaria holiday accommodation, Bulgaria holiday apartments, Bulgaria holiday villas and cottages. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Bulgaria holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Bulgaria home.
 
 
Early June sees celebrations in the Valley of the Roses where in Kazanlak and Karlovo women dressed in Bulgarian folk costume gather roses at dawn. A beauty pageant follows the rose harvest with fireworks to mark the end of a week of lively folk music and dancing. On the last Sunday in August there is a watermelon festival in Shuman. In December Sandanski hosts a Young Wine Festival where you can sample the results of the first pressing of the year.
 
For city lovers Sofia plays host to the International Film Festival in March followed in May by the Festival of Classical Music and Ballet which is held in the National Palace of Culture. An International Jazz festival takes place in the old town of Ski and Golf resort Bansko during August.
 
Finally, if you are lucky enough to be in Bulgaria for the holiday of St Konstantin and Elena on May 21st you may well get to see one of Bulgaria’s most unusual festivals – Nestinarstvo or fire dancing over glowing coals which takes place in some of the more remote villages of south-eastern Bulgaria. Dancers are supposed to be able to see and foretell the future whilst in a trance like state whipped up by the accompanying drums and pipes. As with most Bulgarian festivals the day ends with a feast. Don't forget, a holiday in the Bansko or Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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