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Bulgarian PM Borisov will go on a Visit with Pope Francis

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will meet with the head of the Roman Catholic Church on May 24th. Today the prime minister leaves for a visit to Rome and tomorrow (May 25th) will be received by Pope Francis in the Vatican. This was announced by the government information service, quoted by FOCUS News Agency,

The occasion is the celebration of the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and the Slavonic Scripture. The Bulgarian delegation, led by Borisov, includes representatives of religious denominations in Bulgaria, the academic community and cultural figures.

The meeting with Pope Francis will be attended by the Western and Central European Metropolitan of BPC Antony, the President of BAS Academician Julian Revalski, the Rectors of the University of National and World Economy Prof. Statue Stattev and the “St. St. Cyril and Methodius “Prof. Hristo Bondzholov, the director of the Institute for Historical Studies at BAS, Assoc. Prof. Daniel Vachkov, the director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra Naiden Todorov and the head of the National School of Applied Mathematics Teodosi Theodosiev. Their participation in the visit is a recognition of their achievements and is an expression of the importance the Bulgarian government attaches to education, science and culture.



Residents of Zaburdo Fill Potholes on the Way to Chudnite Mostove (Marvelous Bridges) on their Own

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Residents of the Rhodope village Zaburdo began to fill the potholes on the way to Chudnite Mostove, the BNT reported. The road is municipal but for another year Chepelare Municipality has not provided funds for its repair. That’s why local residents began to fill the potholes along the road using with old technology from four centuries ago.

“Stones are put in, then stuffing and this is a special mixture which is sealed and heated by the sun and it is sealed” explained Yosif Parounev from Zabardo

The mayor of the village Valentin Chrapovov commented: “We have decided to do it without money because it is something important to us. Everyone can do it with money, but we will do it without money. “

Thousands of tourists arrive from around the world attracted by the wonders of the Wonderful Bridges phenomenon. “I like this place very much. I have not seen such one anywhere else in the world. But these potholes along the way … If the state wants more tourists to come here, it has to give some money for it, “said Sasha Hutarayki from Israel.

In order not to disappoint the tourists, the local people have sent a letter to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in the hope of allocating targeted funds for the repair of the road. According to Zaburdo’s mayor, BGN 150,000 is needed.


Counter Campaign: Publishing House Asks if we Value Gambling more than Culture (Video)

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Publisher “Janet 45″ marks 24 May with provocative video, reports bTV. In a video very similar to that of the National Lottery campaign against the limitation of the games of chance, the publisher Manol Peykov presents … “the first book in the world that is a scratch card” – the “happy edition” of “Bulgarian Chronicles” with 20% lower price.

“It would be worth it if you enjoy the preferences of the games of chance,” he points out, noting that only Denmark has higher VAT on books from us across the European Union. Against this background, gambling is not taxable.

“Are we really a country that values ??gambling more than culture?” Peikov asks.


Bulgaria will Produce Parts for Airplanes "Airbus"

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Defense Minister Krassimir Karakachanov and Airbus Helicopters vice president Sergey Duran signed a settlement yesterday, settling a dispute over arbitrary relations between the Ministry of Defense and Airbus Helicopters under a 2005 helicopter delivery contract “Cougar” and “Panther”, reports

“By signing this agreement we raise our cooperation to a new, higher level,” said Minister Karakachanov. He thanked the Bulgarian and French teams for their successful efforts to reach an agreement on the final settlement of relations between the Department of Defense and Airbus Helicopters.

The agreement provides for the French side to provide strategic investments in Bulgaria to build a high-tech aircraft manufacturing plant for Airbus aircraft.

The first sod of the plant was made in Plovdiv. In the first three years, up to 300 people will be able to work and it is possible to increase this number in the next eight years to up to 800 people. In addition, the French company Airbus Helicopters will provide a “Dofin” helicopter for use by the Navy.

The ceremony held in the Ministry of Defense was attended by the Ambassador of France HE. Eric Lebedel, Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoli Velichkov, Deputy Economy Minister Lachezar Borisov, Deputy Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Plamen Atanasov, Navy Rear Admiral Mitko Petev and representatives of the French company Airbus Helicopters.


Celebrations, Processions, Concerts and Awards on the Day of Slavonic Scripture

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The National Holiday of Bulgaria May 24 will be commemorated with celebrations and official ceremonies throughout the country from morning until evening today. The biggest procession will take place in Sofia and will include President Rumen Radev, ministers, MPs, cultural figures and public figures, students and teachers, as well as many citizens and guests of the city.

At 10.30 hours  will begin the traditional festive procession for May 24th from the building of the head of state administration to the monument of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius. At 11.00 am at the National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius “will be held the solemn feast for the holiday, which will be attended by President Radev, where he will give a speech.

For the first time Sofia citizens and guests of the capital will celebrate the Day of Bulgarian Education, Culture and Slavic Alphabet with a festive cultural program in the open. From 17:00 in the Park behind the National Palace of Culture, the music groups of the Bulgarian National Radio, famous Bulgarian musicians, painters, artists and other creative personalities will make the audience happy with live performances. Among the performers will be Radio Pop music band, Folk Music Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia Wind Orchestra and Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio. World renowned violinist Vesko Eshkenazi will perform on his violin the hymn “Go, people revived”. Author of the celebration is the famous Bulgarian artist and master Prof. Bozhidar Yonov.

Under the dome of Largo, 24 Bulgarian cultural figures will receive a “Golden Feather” award during a ceremony that Cantus Firmus is holding for the 23rd consecutive year.

24 distinguished artists from the sphere of music, theater, literature, fine arts and journalism will receive the prestigious award for their contribution to Bulgarian culture. The prize is an exquisite brooch in the shape of a pen and is made of 24-carat gold.

Among the winners this year are the great Bulgarian composer Alexander Tekeliev, the operatic soprano Gabriela Georgieva, the actress, Slava Racheva, the writer Milen Ruskov, the singer Yordanka Hristova, the artist Hristo Yotov, the actor Julian Vergov and others.

Syndicat “Education” will also give prizes to teachers for special merits in the field of educational, cultural and trade union work “Stoyan Mihaylovski”. Students and teachers will also be awarded at the “Teacher with Love” Creative Work Contest. Awards will also be given to representatives from different institutions for excellent partnership and social dialogue.

At 18.30 at the National Museum of History in the capital, President Rumen Radev and his wife will host the traditional reception on the occasion of the Day of Slavic Education and Culture and the Slavonic Scripture.


On 24 May Balchik Opens a Monument to Cyril and Methodius

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

A monument of Cyril and Methodius will be opened on May 24 in Balchik, according to BGNews. Today’s celebration of Bulgarian culture and Slavonic scripture is also a offical holiday of the city.

The sculpture is the work of Ventsislav Markov. The work is 230 cm high and is cast from bronze. The author was born in 1984 in Varna and has been connected with the “White City” for years.

The idea of ??the monument to the holy brothers has come impulsively. Just a year ago, passing through the festively decorated square, he saw a vinyl canvas with the images of Cyril and Methodius. The thought of making a sculpture of the holy emerged right away.

Later, he presented the project to the municipal leadership, and so it is realized.


Happy National Holiday of Bulgaria! The Day of the Cyrillic Letters and the Culture

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Happy national holiday! On May 24 we celebrate the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and the Slavonic Scripture. On this day, Bulgaria celebrates the national holiday of education, culture and the creation of the Glagolics by Cyril and Methodius.

The first translations of the scriptures by Cyril and Methodius, are recorded in the Glagolics. The first known testimonies for the celebration of the holiday are found in an Armenian chronicle from 1813, which mentions the celebration of the holy brothers on 22 May 1803 in Shumen. For the first time on May 11, 1851, a celebration of Cyril and Methodius – creators of the Glagolitic, was organized at the St. Cyril and St. Methodius School in Plovdiv at the initiative of Naiden Gerov. The May 11th is not accidentally chosen by Naiden Gerov – this is the general religious feast of the two saints. In our Bulgarian Renaissance books, the first announcements of the celebration of Cyril and Methodius on May 11 meet in Neofit Rilski’s 1852 Slavonic Church Gospel.

In 1857 the day of the “holy brothers” was honored in the Bulgarian church of St. Stephen in Constantinople, together with the service of St. Ivan Rilski. The following year, 1858, this day is also celebrated in Plovdiv with a solemn service in the church of the Virgin Mary, and then the teacher Yoakim Gruev gives an exciting account of the life and work of Cyril and Methodius. The holiday begins regularly to be celebrated in Shumen and Lom, and from 1860 in Skopje. From 1863 on May 11, it was established as a church holiday of the holy apostles Cyril and Methodius. In Sofia, the feast was organized by teacher Sava Filaretov.

During the struggles for church independence from the beginning of the 18th century, the historical work of Cyril and Methodius was not only an incentive but also a case against the Greek Ecumenical Patriarchate. It becomes a symbol of future independence, as Hristo Botev notes in one of his articles. The holiday goes beyond the church-school frames of its celebration and becomes a national holiday. After 1878 the celebration of Cyril and Methodius developed in two directions. In free Bulgaria it is limited to a school holiday. In Macedonia and Edirne, however, it retains its functions of demonstrating Bulgarians in their struggle against Turkish rule as well as against the assimilation of the Serbian and Greek propaganda. Of particular importance is the celebration of Cyril and Methodius after the First World War.

With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1916, the celebration, celebrated by the state and the church, is celebrated on one day – May 24th. After 1969, secularization took place by separating the church from the secular calendar, so today there are two feasts – church (May 11) and secular (24 May). For the official holiday of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, 24 May was announced by decision of the Ninth National Assembly on March 30, 1990, and from 15 November 1990, when the People’s Republic of Bulgaria was renamed to the Republic of Bulgaria, is an official national holiday.

The earliest dates for celebrating 11 May as the day of the holy apostles and enlighters Cyril and Methodius date back to the 12th century and were recognized as saints already at the end of the 9th century. Separately St. Cyril’s memory is celebrated on February 14, and St. Methodius on April 6 (the days of their death). The All-Russian Synod on the occasion of celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Moravian mission of St. St. Cyril and Methodius took the following decision: “For the memory of the millennium since the initiation of our father’s tongue through the gospel and the faith of Christ, it was to be established annually starting from 1863 on May 11 as a religious feast of the reverend Cyril and Methodius! ” Then the celebration is celebrated in all Orthodox Slavic countries.

The General Feast of St. St. Cyril and Methodius is celebrated by the Bulgarian Church in the following centuries, and during the Renaissance it becomes a school holiday of the letters. The feast of St. St. Cyril and Methodius is celebrated during the Renaissance not only in the Bulgarian lands, but also abroad – among the Renaissance immigration in Romania and Russia, among the Bulgarian students abroad, among the Bulgarians who were exiled in Diyarbakir. In 1856, Joakim Gruev offers the day of St. St. Cyril and Methodius to be celebrated as a holiday of Bulgarian students.

In 1892, Stoyan Mihaylovski wrote the lyrics of the school anthem with his first verse, “Walk, Peoples Revived”. The anthem is titled “Hymn of St. Cyril and Methodius” and includes 14 pairs, of which the most often the first six are performed today. Panayot Pipkov created the music to the anthem on 11.05.1900. May 11th is celebrated by the Orthodox Church as a feast of St. Cyril and Methodius, while May 24th has established itself as a celebration of Slavic script, of Bulgarian education and culture.

May 24 as a holiday of the Slavic script and of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius is also celebrated in Russia. It was first celebrated in 1986 at the initiative of the Murman writer Vitaly Maslov. Murmansk is the northernmost point where is a the monument to St. Cyril and Methodius. The brothers are canonized as saints for the translation and popularization of the Bible in the Old Slavic language (gaining popularity in its Russian version as Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic) and spreading Christianity among the Slavs. They were proclaimed by the pope as patrons of Europe. The Orthodox Church also honors them as one of the holy Seventh-day Adventists.


An Increase of Bulgarians Who Travel Because of Tourism

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, about 1 million Bulgarians traveled for tourism, which is 8.2% more than a year earlier. This shows the data of the National Statistical Institute.

Most people- 84.2% have traveled only in the country, only 13.2% – abroad, and 2.6% have traveled both in the country and abroad.

People who traveled the most during the given period were Bulgarians who are 25-44 years old – 441.6 thousand, or 44.1% of all who traveled. In all age groups, the relative share of trips in the country prevails, with the highest proportion of people who are 25-44 years old – 90% of those traveled in this age group. For journeys abroad, the share of travelers aged 15-24 is bigger – 20.5% of those who traveled in this age group.

The majority of tourist trips in the country (43.9%) and abroad (47.9%) were made for “rest and recreation”.

Over 1.4 million of the trips, or 94%, were personal. The relative share of independent voyages without reservation in the country is 95.9%, while those abroad – 78.9%.

According to the structure of expenditure by species, the largest relative share for trips in the country is for food – 37.9%, while the main expenditures for trips abroad are transport costs – 33.5%.

In the first quarter of 2018, the average cost of a personal voyage per person was BGN 186.23 in the country and BGN 577.12 abroad.

At the same time, the cost per person for professional travel averages about 156.38 leva in the country and 946.21 leva abroad.


Increase in Pensions: Pensioners Will Receive 3.8% more

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The minimum pension is 207 BGN and 60 stotinki.

There will be an increase in pensions by 3.8% since the first of July. The change in money that older people receive is set in the budget and applies to all pensions.

After the change, the average pension will grow by nearly 14 BGNand will be around 360 BGN. The minimum pensions will increase by 7 BGN and they will be around 207 BGN and 60 stotinki, while the social pension for old age – 125 BGN and 58 stotinki.



Travel and Read in a Retro Tram in Sofia on May 24th

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The Urban Mobility Center invites all fans of the retro tram to take it to the capital tomorrow, May 24, on the occasion of the Day of Writing.

The favorite of local residents and guests of Sofia ancient tram will do two courses under the campaign slogan of Sofia Urban Mobility Center ‘travel and read. “

The company invites all passengers to board the tram with a book in hands as a sign of respect for the holiday.

In the retro tram, people will also find fliers with information about the campaign of SUMC and Youth Theater “Nikolay Binev”, which provide a 50% discount of the ticket price for the performances. This discount can use everyone who has long-term subscription cards for public transport.

Moreover, passengers will also receive a bookmark reminding them that reading in public transport can become a pleasure trip.

On May 24th the retro tram will await passengers for another tour in Sofia at 4.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. at the Square. “Vuzrajdane” with a route: Boulevard. “Botev”, “Vitosha” National Palace of Culture to the neighborhood. “Iv. Vazov”.