Bulgaria is a small European country located in the Southeast part of the ‘old’ continent, its population is estimated around 8 million, but many of the Bulgarians live abroad. Nevertheless, the bad economy, the disability of the local politicians to provide friendly business and social environment and the immigration mentality of the people, we are proud of our origins and truly love our homeland. There are quite a lot of reasons to respect Bulgaria but I will point out 7 of them which every Bulgarian will confirm.
An old legend says that when God created the world every nation received a piece of land but God forgot the Bulgarians and when they asked for their piece, there was nothing left of the Earth and He hands out a piece of the paradise to them. And there it is 111 000 sq. km of a stunning nature – long coastal strip jagged by the gorgeous sea, beautiful sandy beaches, mysterious mountains with their own characters, soaked with stories for legendary creatures and heroes, wide valleys and high plateaus, lonely, wild rivers and lakes peering into the endless, sketched with countless stars sky, plenty of magic mineral springs and exciting caves, dozens of unique natural phenomenon, mild climate and diverse flora and fauna.
The Bulgarian folklore
The music and dances have always had an extraordinary space in the heart of every Bulgarian, since ancient times, when the people sang together working on the field or celebrating holidays until modern days when everybody in Bulgaria is familiar with at least few national songs and dances. The ethnographers have collected over 70 000 folklore songs, distinguished into seven musical regions due to their unique sounds and traditions. The most popular performer is the group Le Myst’re des Voix Bulgares, a woman’s choir that has topped world music charts all over the world. The national dances are called ‘horo’ and their diversity varies from the religiously related dancing on burning coals (nestinarstvo) to just a few simple steps in the song’s rhythm. In addition, in Bulgaria are organized plenty of festivals related to the folklore, the most popular are Surva, The Rozhen National Folklore Festival and The Rose Festival in Kazanlak.
The Cyrillic alphabet
The Cyrillic alphabet was developed in Preslav Literary School, located in the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire. Nowadays, the Cyrillic script is official for over 20 languages and used by more than 250 million people all over the world. The number of the letters depends on the language, for example in the Russian, which is the most popular one using the Cyrillic alphabet, the letters are 33, in Mongolian 35, in Bulgarian 30 and so on.
Bulgaria is steeped in history, each piece of the land has its own story and historical heritage. The first indication of civilization in the territory of nowadays Bulgaria is dated from at least 1,6 million years ago in the cave Kozarnika. In ancient times the Thracians established a powerful realm, afterwards came Romans, Celts, Greeks, Persians and Slavs this great mixture left remarkable archaeological and cultural treasures. However, the First Bulgarian Kingdom was officially found in 681 AD by khan Asparuh , when the Bulgarian army allied with the Slavs demolished the Byzantine troops led by Emperor Constantin IV, since then the Bulgarians have been followed by a lot of successes and declines, but their mark in the global history is undeniable.
The Bulgarian women are nothing but amazing. In short, they represent the warm Slavic beauty mixed with a charming piece of Oriental mysticism, Mediterranean passion and the typical for the Balkans sense of humour. Furthermore, they are educated, intelligent, ambitious, compassionate and perfect mothers.
The food & drinks
The Bulgarian food is tasty, fresh and traditionally the portions are generous. The local fruits and vegetables are high quality and delicious due to the lovely climate and the fertile soil. Additionally, Bulgaria is well known also with the amazing taste of its dairy products, even the bacteria ( Lactobacillus bulgaricus) that have a vital role in the production of
yoghurt could be found only there.The most eaten meats are pork and chicken, but the lamb and seafood are very typical for some regions as well. While many of the dishes of the Bulgarian cuisine could be also found in Turkey, Greece or Serbia each of them has its own local favour that makes the difference in comparison with those of the neighbours.
The Bulgarian sport
For such a small country, Bulgaria is rich in notable athletes and achievements in sport. All football fans remember the stunning American summer in 1994 when led by the Golden ball winner Hristo Stoichkov the national team reached the semifinal, eliminating real Titans in that sport like France, Germany and Argentina. One of the oldest unbeaten records belongs to the Bulgarian Stefka Kostadinova who won the high jump in Rome in 1987 with the incredible 2,09 meters. Another surprising fact about the Bulgarian sports is that in the period 2005-2006 both male and female world titles in chess were occupied by the Bulgarians Veselin Topalov and Antoaneta Stefanova. Moreover, Bulgaria has always been a leading powerhouse in the field of wrestling, weightlifting, artistic gymnastic and has a strong tradition in volleyball, boxing and shooting sports.