Christmas in Sofia
If you are going to celebrate Christmas in Sofia,vacationers will make the right choice, because in the Bulgarian capital at that time a special atmosphere, full of extraordinary warmth and hospitality. In addition, guests of the capital will be here waiting for festive celebrations and folklore performances.
Features Christmas celebrations in Sofia
Bulgarians celebrate Christmas (Kalyada) On December 25: Christmas Eve (December 24), in Bdni evening decided to gather at home and eat meatless meals (there should be an odd number, eg 5 or 7), in particular cake banitsa. On the night of December 25, the Bulgarians sent to the solemn church service (at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky is a festive liturgy). And in the morning the streets and homes begin to go "koledari" (usually in groups of 10-12 persons), wishing them good health and well-being through the ancient songs-plots. In addition, the holidays are organized charity concerts and other actions in the framework of the "Bulgarian Kalyada" (funds collected are transferred to sick children).
On the Bulgarian Christmas table hostessput stuffed, baked with cheese, roast pork, stuffed peppers and always banitsa with "surprise" - nuts, flower petals, coins, notes with wishes. Tourists also should go to the gala dinner in one of the restaurants of Bulgarian cuisine, for example, in "Hadjidraganovite kashti" or "Vodenitzata" (in addition to delicious dishes guests will have to wait a concert of traditional Bulgarian music).
Entertainment in Sofia on Christmas holidays
17-22 December with the children to visit Russiacultural and information center - here for them arranged performances, theatrical performances, dance competitions, games. In addition, visitors can take part in driving round dances around the Christmas tree.
Great fun on a winter vacation canbecome a pastime on Mount Vitosha - there are lifts and laid tracks for snowboards and skis, including cross-country lyzh.A if you do not know how to ride, then get up on skis will help you experienced instructors.
But those who remain in Sofia until January, will be able to visit the Festival of Masquerade Surva - they will be able to see how the Bulgarians in colorful robes and frightening masks scare away evil spirits.
Christmas markets in Sofia
Visit Central Market Sofia at anytime of year, but especially nice to do it at Christmas time - come here for the purchase of food and all sorts of delicacies, accessories, clothes, jewelry, rose oil, manual labor products of Bulgarian craftsmen.
In general, winter Sofia will please shoppers, because the local shops suit sales from late December to mid-January.