Unique celebration attracts tourists to the old capital of Bulgaria
As posted earlier, Dubai Chronicle’s team chose Bulgaria as the summer holiday destination of 2012. Our vacation adventure began in Veliko Tarnovo where we arrived recently just in time for the town’s annual celebrations. This is a rare opportunity to experience the local culture and learn about the national traditions.
The old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, located in the central part of the country, marked the 135th anniversary of its liberation from Ottoman rule with a number of festivities. The event is celebrated every year with unique ceremonies and reproductions of battles and victories. The celebrations span for two days and involve young and old, who dressed up in Bulgarian national costumes perform dances and traditioal rituals.
This year, the city of Veliko Tarnovo has received from the Russian city of Tver the relics of Gen. Iosif Gurko, liberator of the old capital. The relics are on display for pilgrims at the “Resurrection of Christ” church, where a mass in honor of those who perished for Bulgaria’s independence will be served.
Fireworks and the military roll call ceremony yesterday gathered together residents and tourists of Veliko Tarnovo for first time since the liberation 135 years ago.
Three exhibitions opened to the public on the second say of festivities.
A march in the footsteps of the liberators was very impressive manifest of national unity.
In the late afternoon, the local history museum organized tours of sites connected to the liberation for Veliko Tarnovo’s residents and guests.
The celebration of the liberation from Ottoman rule is an anual event in the old capital of Bulgaria. It attracts large number of tourists who learn more about the history of the country and enjoy traditional festivities.