Мартин В. Иванов

Нестинари

Fire-dancing – the beautiful pagan custom in the Strandzha mountain

Fire-dancing is one of the most beautiful pagan customs which still exists in the Bulgarian part of Strandzha mountain. We celebrate it every year on May 21 when the feast of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena is. Both saints are considered patrons of fire dancers, known as “nestinari” in Bulgarian.

Сапун

How the Gabrovo masters have been making soap for more than 200 years

The masters of soap from the Gabrovo region, Bulgaria, are the only ones in our country who have preserved the craft of soap making for more than two centuries. They were the first who created Bulgarian toilet soap in order to stop the invasion of imported soap. They also managed to withstand the market pressure of cheap soaps from the Greek island of Crete.

Зелено сирене от Черни Вит

The Green cheese from Cherni Vit – without analog on The Balkans

The only green mold cheese in the Balkans is made in the Bulgarian village of Cherni Vit. It is one of the three kinds of cheese in Europe that develop mold naturally. The tasting of green cheese is the focus of our gastronomic tour “Green cheese, krockmach and apple halva”, which we organize in this part of Bulgaria.