Past events

25.11.2017г. 

Our lecture about healthy eating on “Wild, Sprouted and Fermented Food”. Place of the event – tavern of hotel “Sokai”, starting time 11.00 AM . Our lecturer is Mariela Nikolova, a Bulgarian who has lived in Italy for 13 years. Mariela is a fashion designer and modeling professional, vibrant and energetic, radiating calm and optimism. The tragic fate of her girlfriend provoked her to become a vegetarian. She is constantly training and self-learning, discovering new and new recipes for healthy eating, not only useful but also delicious, experimenting, sharing her experience with others, organizing seminars and lectures in Italy and Bulgaria. We hope that everyone will share their experience while we are tasting home made foods and candies.

 

24.12 CHRISTMAS EVE

Christmas Eve is one of the most important family holidays in the Bulgarian calendar. Its name has two different roots. In the first case, the Christian symbolism is stronger – praying to meet the birth of the Savior. The second is a reflection of the pagan beliefs that the birth of the young god is associated with the resurrection of nature and is considered the beginning of the New Year. Therefore, on Christmas Eve, many rituals are done to bring luck and fertility to the home. According to the Bulgarian tradition, the family must be together, each member performing different rituals. The men choose and cut off the buckwheat – a thick stump of oak or pear, which symbolizes the World Tree (the order and harmony in the world). It must be lit by the eldest and left to burn all night. This fire has purifying power and keeps the family from evil forces, and according to popular beliefs, on Christmas Eve, heaven and hell are temporarily open and goblins and bogeys are roaming the world of men. The ashes of the stump are not thrown away – one part is scattered in the fields for fertile harvest, another is kept as a repellent of evil forces. While men perform rituals to protect the home, women, as related to fertility, prepare a festive dinner. Most important is the preparation of ritual breads, which begins early in the morning. Then the youngest girls wear “silent” water, which means they don’t speak on the way from the well. With this water the women make the circular Christmas bread, in which they put silver coin and dogwood branch symbolizing health and luck. The top of the bread is decorated with berries, wheat and cross symbols made of dough that bring welfare. Only women that are soon to be married are excluded from the preparation of the breads, in order not to take fertility if they leave the house. The very Christmas Eve dinner is more a ritual than a meal. The whole family needs to sit together at the table, which is usually put on the ground on straw. This recreates the setting in which the Child was born. The host breaks the bread. The first piece is always for the dead (or the Virgin Mary), the second is for the house, and the rest is given to the family members. Once sited on the table no one can get up. If someone needs to get up, he must walk humped, like a fruitful tree. Finally, they all leave the table together to ripen the wheat at the same time. All the food is left on he table for the night. This is again related to the belief that the sky opens and the dead relatives  will come to dinner. According to the folk beliefs on Christmas Eve, One can see the future, so different predictions are made about the weather, fertility and personal luck. For example, if the wood burn well and make a lot of sparks, it means rich harvest. Everyone in the family breaks a walnut and depending on whether the inside is good or rotten, he can await good health or illness. Young girls may have dreams of their future husband if they put the first part of the bread under their pillow for the night.