Christmas in Bulgaria

Christmas in Bulgaria

Christmas in Bulgaria

H. Koger

Christmas in Bulgaria

H. Koger

In Bulgaria, some Christmas traditions are different than ours. During Communist rule, Santa was called “Grandfather Frost.” Now he is called “Father Nicholas.” He walks from house to house and fills large bags with presents.

Holiday foods called koledni gevreci, which are round buns, and bansia, which are pastries, are eaten. A meal of 7, 9, or 11 dishes is prepared on Christmas Eve. The house is decorated with hay to remind the family of the manger.

Even though it is very cold in Bulgaria on Christmas, singers called Koledari sing carols called Koledarski. They are lively and happy songs.

Learning about Christmas in Bulgaria was fun. To find out more visit my website at http://www.widgeon.com/Hayley.htm and I wish you Tchestita Koleda.

Questions and Answers about Christmas in Bulgaria

What do they call Santa Claus in Bulgaria?

During Communist rule, Santa was called Grandfather Frost. Now he is called Father Nicholas in some large cities.

What does he fill (For example, in America, he fills stockings with gifts)?

He fills a large bag with presents.

How does he travel?

He walks from house to house.

How do people in Bulgaria decorate?

Hay is put under the dinner table to remind the family of the manger.

What are Bulgaria’s special customs?

A meal of 7, 9, or 11 dishes is eaten on Christmas Eve.

What is the weather like in Bulgaria around the holidays?

It is very cold in Bulgaria at Christmas.

What holiday songs do they sing in your country?

Singers called Koledari sing carols called Koledarski. They are lively and happy songs.

What holiday foods do they eat in your country?

Holiday foods called Koledni gevreci (round buns) and bansia (pastry) are eaten.

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