6-th of September is a National Official Celebration and The day of Plovdiv.
The Russo-Turkish war set Bulgaria free from rule by the Ottoman Empire in 1878, but it included only a small part of the Bulgarian lands. The Berlin Congress revised the San Stefano Peace Treaty and sliced the Bulgarian territory into several parts: the Principality of Bulgaria with an elected knyaz (prince), and Eastern Roumelia with its capital Plovdiv and a Christian Governor-General, appointed by the sultan. Half of the people were free, while the other half remained in the sultan's caliphate. Thrace and Macedonia remained in the Ottoman Empire. The Bulgarian people reacted against the decision of the Berlin Congress with the Kresna-Razlog uprising of 1878-1879, Alexander I Battenberg was elected Prince, and accomplishment of the unification of Eastern Rumelia and the Principality of Bulgaria was completed in year 1885.
Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits, as well as the costumed man performing the ritual. The costumes cover most of the body and includes decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt. Around New Year and before Lent, the kukeri walk and dance through the village to scare evil spirits away with the costumes and the sound of the bells, as well as to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year.
The kukeri traditionally visit the peoples' houses at night so that "the sun would not catch them on the road." After going around the village they gather at the square to dance wildly and amuse the people.
They can be seen mostly in Plovdiv villiges(Trakia)
Plovdiv organizes the Cultural Month Festival (may to july). In this period the Verdi Festival and the International Festival of Chamber Music are held in respectively early june and middle of june. Also in this period are the Opera days in the AmfitheaterIn august you can visit the International Folklore Festival. September has the Autumn Art Exhibition “Plovdiv Old Town” Twice a year (may and September) there is the week-long International Fair on the fairgrounds. (bulevard Tsar Boris the 3th 37). In December a Christmas Musical Festival is held (tel. 223 205).
boy sure wish they would have let us use a flash. or i would of had 8oo speed flim. went to dinner. there was a crowd. the waiter said they were there for a program. i thought it was going to be some sales pitch
or a bussiness meeting. boy was i wrong.