National Geographic Recommends Bulgaria for a Winter Holiday

National Geographic Recommends Bulgaria for a Winter Holiday

16.01.2014 - National Geographic has included Bulgaria in an article about the top spots for a winter vacation! What made the biggest impression on the author of the article were the kuker festivals in Western Bulgaria, typical for January and February, but especially on New Year's day. 

National Geographic describes them as rural masquerade rituals, fueled by a primal energy: animalistic masks, beating drums, fire jumping, rhythmic chanting, clanging bells. The festivals are used to banish evil spirits and bring good luck and prosperity for the new year. Folkloric dancers, musicians, and children’s groups join in the spectacle, but the real competitors are the thousands of masked and costumed kukeri (male mummers) performing mystical routines rooted in ancient pagan traditions.

January 24-26 and the Surva International Festival in the town of Pernik, only a few kilometers from the capital, Sofia, is the best time to visit if you want to see the Kukers.

National Geographic also recommends our fine cuisine for a full-immersion Bulgarian experience and mentions the fun fact that Bulgarians celebrate both their birthdays and their name days.

The full article offers various links for more information about Bulgaria and some other interesting vacation tips, so if you're interested, you can read it here. And if you don't feel like wasting any more time before the festival, contact us so that we can quickly organize a special vacation for you to see the kukers!