Folklore Bulgarian

One way we love to unwind and live life to the fullest is by attending festivals. Be it a beer festival, music festival, or Bulgarian festival, they all have the keys to helping us live life like we have no worries.

However, a long-awaited festival can turn sour, if as an attendee, you don’t get to figure out your complete checklist. To avoid such a situation, here is all you’ll be needing to enjoy your festivity to the brim.

Before finding out, please keep the following in mind:

Bring Just the Important Stuff

Usually, you wouldn’t transport directly to where you’ll be camping. You’ll have to walk some distance along with your luggage first. Therefore, we advise you to bring just the important stuff to avoid stressing yourself while going or leaving the festival venue.

Bring Small Quantity to Make a Quick Entrance

Bringing a small number of goods affords you a timely entrance. Coming with huge traveling bags will keep you longer in the queue due to the search procedure. So the lighter you go, the faster you’ll move into the arena.

Label Your Belongings

Endeavor to tag each of your belongings with your name and phone number to recognize or retrieve them if they go missing. 

Don’t Wrap Your Luggage

We advise that you don’t wrap your luggage so that officials can search them easily. Moreover, using plastic wraps would leave debris in the festival area.

Be Eco-Conscious

As an attendee, you have to support the environment by being eco-conscious. Thus, use only reusable items.

Essentials

In this category, you’ll find the must-have items in a festival ground. See below:

Your Ticket

Purchase your ticket and go along with it. Ensure it’s not from a third party who may have stolen or forge them. Buy it from the official website, or from the stand where tickets are sold directly.

Means of Identity

In festivals, identity cards are necessary to ascertain the age of attendees and ensure that underage participants don’t drink alcohol. Mind you; you wouldn’t have to identify with your ID at all times cause they’ll typically present you with a wristband to show that you’re above 18 years old.

Have Your Money With You

We don’t advise you to go with your credit card alone. Instead, ensure you have enough cash at hand. This way, you wouldn’t have to join the long queue before withdrawing money to make any transaction on the festival ground.

Camping

Camping is an integral part of a festival. So to have a good camping experience, you’d be needing the following:

Tent

A 2-man tent may be suitable for just you alone. However, ensure your tent will create enough space for yourself and your belongings.

Sleeping Bag and Camping Pillows

Get a sleeping bag and a blow-up pillow to conserve space and give you convenience.

Roll Mat/Inflatable Mattress

You need something to lie or sit on occasionally on the festival site, so accompany yourself with a roll mat if an inflatable mattress is too heavy for you.

Tissue Paper

Get enough tissue paper to help with your hygiene.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle

The fun of festivity can make you thirsty occasionally, so get a reusable water bottle that you can fill with cold water or liquid at any time.

Lamp and Torch

You need a lamp to provide light inside your tent, while a torch would help you locate your camp after a good day of festivity.

Clothes

You can’t tell what the weather will be like during the festival. So you must bring a bit of everything:

  • Go with a jumper cause it may not be chilly in the day, but at night, you never can tell
  • Get some flat shoes to help you stand during the festival. It will afford you comfort
  • Get clothes that you’ll be wearing to and fro the journey. Also, get clothes you’ll be wearing during the festival, and even extra for unforeseen circumstances
  • A hat is useful to shield you from the sun
  • A little bag to keep your miscellaneous and personal effects

Other vital items to go with include:

Ensure you have all of these with you so that it’ll be a festival of your dreams.


To some individuals, welding’s a job for earning a living. To some others, welding is an art form. The various techniques and skills involved give credence to this statement. And like all art, welding is often celebrated, with competitions, fairs, festivals, performances, and exhibitions.

Welders and metalworkers alike showcase their skill, passion, and innovation as they create metal sculptures.

Sculptures aren’t usually the only material put on display, welders also show off their work gear, from auto-darkening helmets that can use longer-lasting batteries to personalized aprons, custom gauntlets, and modified respirators.

Besides metalworking, welding festivals also include side attractions like face painting, even arts and craft exhibitions. As a result, welding festivals are always an enjoyable experience, sometimes lasting for a whole day.

The blend of art, ingenuity, color, and innovation make these festivals ever exciting. Around the world in different countries, welding festivals are celebrated. Depending on the location where the festival happens, or the desired theme, the inclusion of specific events can make a welding festival feel more traditional.

Discussed below are some of these events that can achieve this traditional feel.

Music

A common feature of all festivals is continuously playing music. Replacing contemporary music with Bulgarian folklore music will set the mood and lend a traditional feel to the welding festival.

Bulgarian music is known for its intricate harmonies and asymmetric rhythm. The music is often fast-paced and will complement the lively atmosphere of the festival and, at the same time, lend a traditional Bulgarian feel.

Traditional Fashion Exhibitions

As has been noted already, welding festivals are not just about metalworking and welding.

The festivals also include side attractions. To portray the Bulgarian culture, one of these side attractions can be a segment to display traditional Bulgarian fashion. Such a fashion event with male and female models wearing the different fashion styles will add a cultural element to the welding festival.

Reds and whites are prominent colors in Bulgarian folk costume. Slightly less noticeable are blacks, orange, yellows, and blues. The women wear their aprons and dresses, and men dress in their shirts, vests, and pants. Each dress carries embroidered asymmetric motifs that are unique to individual Bulgarian towns and convey messages about the wearer. Every costume for women gets paired with specific head clothing and hair arrangements.

Dance Concerts

Bulgarian folk dances have close links to the music of Bulgaria. Many of the dances are circle-dances or line dances called Horo, but some are done singly or in pairs.

It involves dancers holding hands in curved or straight lines. They hold hands at different positions, at waist levels, shoulder level, and the teacup hold in which the dancers loop their hands together. Bulgarian folk dances incorporate intricate footwork as stamps and feet slap throughout, which match the rhythm of the music. It could be about repeating a pattern or a combination of moves as dictated by the leader of the line. The leader is usually at the head of the line, depending on which direction the line is moving in.

Each of the seven ethnographic regions has somewhat distinctive dance moves. An experienced observer may be able to tell the dancers’ area just from how they perform popular dances.

A dance concert with dances from the seven ethnographic regions, garbed in dance attires, will make the festival entertaining and also educative on Bulgarian culture.

Art and Craft Exhibition

Bulgaria is home to a rich tradition of arts and crafts, with specific techniques and styles unique to towns and regions.

An observation of the art and craft traditions of Bulgaria will reveal considerable amounts about the cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles of Bulgarian people of old. Bulgarian art and craft include pottery, woodworking, painting, carpet making, and embroidery.

Nature and plants are great influencers of Bulgarian art and craft and characterized by the extensive use of geometric shapes.  Clothes have embroidery arranged along the hemline, neckline, and on sleeves, tablecloths, and coverings.

The history of carpet making in Bulgaria is a long one dating as far back as the 9th century. Towns such as Kotel and Chiprovtsi are still famed for the carpet making craft.

Bulgarian pottery makers are still famous, and their works make for great souvenirs.

Food Exhibition

Bulgarian cuisine is one of color and diversity. It includes a variety of vegetables and spices, with parsley being an ingredient of almost every dish.

Yogurt is a feature in most foods, and this love for yogurt shows itself in the name of the primary yogurt-producing bacterium “Lactobacillus bulgaricus,” named in honor of Bulgarians.

Other popular dishes include Shopska salad, Tarator (cucumber soup), and Banitsa, which is a dough dish.

Festival attendees can enjoy traditional Bulgarian cuisine and also experience the scents and aromas of Bulgarian food.

Folk Drama

Folk theatre is an exciting way of displaying Bulgarian tradition as it engages both visual and auditory senses in its delivery.

Bulgarian folklore is rich with tales and stories that are enjoyed by children and adults alike. While verbal telling of these stories is good, dramatizing the stories will be even better and entertaining, as, of course, a drama will incorporate and display elements of folklore in ways that verbalizing alone cannot hope to achieve.

The folk drama will reiterate Bulgarian values and beliefs, proverbs and sayings, myth, and legends.

Conclusion

Injecting traditional elements to a welding festival can be achieved by the inclusion of some or all the events discussed. These events are an excellent way of propagating Bulgarian customs and traditions, while at the same time celebrating the skill, passion, and art that is welding.


Building a perfect rural hideaway will cost you less if you rely more on your brainpower and little on your wallet. Anyone who desires the continuation of history and a return to nature should be able to build a portable hunting cabin on a very lean budget.

Portable hunting cabins are types of hunting cabins that are movable from one location to another. Hunting cabins in this category include pole barns, which you can set up on a trailer and pull around with your truck whenever you go on a hunting expedition; prefabricated cabins, which are constructed in workshops and transported to a hunting site in the woods; and yurts, which are as movable as any small house.

Do you have plans for the next hunting season and intend to build a hunting cabin that you can move along with on your return to nature, but feel constrained by your budget? The next phase of this article will discuss invaluable tips for building a portable hunting cabin, even on a tight budget.

1. Develop a Plan, and Stick to It

Developing a plan is arguably the first step you’d want to consider if you’re ever going to spend less in building a portable hunting cabin. This step entails your having a complete idea of the materials needed, and how best to put them together, to achieve desired results. Planning also encompasses the design of your hunting cabin, bearing in mind its contribution towards giving you a memorable experience out in the wild.

2. Do It Yourself

If you’re already acquainted with the basics of building a portable hunting cabin, consider getting the job done yourself, as this will save you high costs.

However, if you’re a rookie and want to learn how to make a portable hunting cabin, following these steps will guide you through the process of creating one yourself.

3. Rent Your Tools and Equipment

If you decide to purchase all the tools you need to build a hunting cabin, you’d probably blow your budget before getting started. 

Renting the tools you’ll need from local shops near you, will undoubtedly save you sizeable costs, and spare you the agony of losing some of these tools to rust due to non-frequent usage.

4. Stick to the Basics.

Spending on enhancing the aesthetic value of your cabin might strain your budget. Remember, a fancy house isn’t what you set out to build. It’s a hunting cabin.

Endeavor to use the original floor plan of the hunting cabin without altering it. Also, do your best to stick to enhancing only the structure’s functionality.

Sticking to the basics does not, however, mean taking the cheap route when sourcing for building materials like doors, windows, roofs, and others. High-quality features may increase the cost of building your cabin at first, but the investment will pay off eventually.

That said, consider finding a balance between quality and affordability. The best materials for your hunting cabin aren’t after all the best looking. They’re the materials that’ll enhance the ruggedness and rustic design of your cabin.

5. Build Your Hunting Cabin Off-The-Grid 

When you’re on a budget, it’s best to build your hunting cabin off-grid and save money on other utilities. Less reliance on public sources, is arguably our most straightforward option, especially as you’d be personally handling most parts of the project.

If you choose to build your cabin off-grid, you’ll only spend on materials and equipment needed to work on the project.

To survive in your off-grid homestead, you’ll need electricity, heat, water, and a toilet system. You might decide to power your cabin with solar panels or wind turbines. You might even choose to stay with no electricity at all. Who knows? A cabin without electricity might add to the thrill of the hunt.

When you build your hunting cabin off-grid with no provision for a bathroom with running water, you may consider getting a septic tank, as this is very necessary if you’ll be self-sufficient on your sojourn away from “civilization.”

Furthermore, if you site your cabin close to a water body, you’ll have an all-round source of water and fish. Adapting to your new off-grid environment will be challenging, no doubt, but having a hunting cabin that supports that new life will make the transition a lot easier.

Conclusion

Building a portable hunting cabin isn’t limited to only those with extravagant budgets. Having a passion for the game, a great desire to preserve history, and the hunger for owning a rural hideaway, will set you on the path to making one for yourself.

Drawing up a plan and sticking to the same, undertaking to build the cabin yourself, and structuring your cabin off-the-grid, are some of the few steps you’d take if you aim to build a portable hunting cabin on a low budget.


You are among the organizers of the Bulgarian Festival; your guests must have not only clean but also safe water for drinking. The best way to achieve this objective is by investing in a cool dispenser to provide either hot or cold water for your attendees. This will give the guests options on whatever temperature they will need for water without much hassle. Most of the bacterial infections that come from water are important to get a cooler dispenser for reducing bacteria. How then should you choose the best cooler dispenser for this function?

Low and high temperatures

What is the temperature level that you need for this dispenser? There are two buttons on the dispenser. The one in red Is always of high temperature while the one in blue color is cold temperature. To get the extreme cold temperature you must have an inbuilt coolant on the dispenser otherwise you will only have lukewarm water.

Capacity

The larger the capacity the higher the cost. This is a festival and you have no time to keep on changing the bottles yet there is a need to have a constant supply of water throughout the period. You need to invest in a cooler with a high capacity to serve your guests with minimal effort. You can also have many of them at strategic points to avoid congestion at one water point.

 Source of power

Most of the cool dispensers use electricity as the main source of power. You can only get a cool dispenser when the area is powered or rather has a power back up plan, otherwise you may only have water with normal temperatures.

Purification systems

Bottled water is among the safest water than well waters. You have to understand the mechanism that the dispenser uses when it comes to purification such that there is no room for impurities and toxins to the water for your guests.

Storage cups and holders

The moment you supply a cool dispenser you need to have disposable cups. This is a public function; you do not expect people to know where you get cups. It is vital to have a cool dispenser that has cup holders for convenience and also a bin near it to dispose of the cups to avoid sharing which may have a health challenge. You can never trust everyone’s mouth.

Safer faucet for hot water

You cannot miss children at a Bulgarian festival. This is a feature that you need to highly consider to avoid accidents for curious children when handling hot water. This means that it is only the adults that will handle the hot water point to make sure everyone is free from any form of accidents.

Refillable bottles

You have to make sure that the bottles are available for refill. The power of a dispenser is its ability to have water all the time throughout the function. In case they are not readily available then you need to purchase them in bulk and have as stock to keep guests happy and comfortable throughout their stay there.


As long as you are engaged in physical activity then massage therapy is inevitable. They’re some of the services that may be offered that people may not even understand how they are supposed to do. In Bulgaria, you just need a festival to get people to know what is happening in conventional medicine. This is a new way of health services that the public needs to be aware of what is expected. Some of the massage styles include

Stroke rehab exercises

This is a form of massage that uses stroking to touch the pressure points to stimulate the production of the neurotransmitters to the nervous system. They are good for Bulgarians who have knee extension, biceps, wrist bend among others. Stroke rehab exercises are recommended even among health experts in line with the physiotherapy treatments.

Deep tissue massage

This is a type of massage that handles the deep tissues and connective tissues to alleviate soreness, tight muscles, muscle tension, muscle pain and also to alleviate tight muscles. It is a slow stokes with the touch of a deep finger to achieve the desired results.

Swedish massage

This is a type of massage that is responsible for the full body massage. It is ideal when you want to relax both the body and mind. It includes kneading circular movement, stroking, joint movement, tapping, and vibrations to manage all the muscle knots release.

Sports exercise

Are you a Bulgarian that loves sports and you want a massage therapy that will deal with all the muscle tension to enhance flexibility and performance then the sports exercise is the best option. It is also a full body massage to manage all the stroking of pressure points to reach the objective. It takes care of all the muscles to relieve tension.

Aromatherapy

As much as massage therapy is designed for physical healing, it is also important to take care of your emotional health. This is a session that is responsible for boosting one’s mood this further reduces stress, depression, and anxiety. Just like the other therapy services it is responsible for muscle pain and soreness for all individuals that engage in physical activity.

Trigger point massage

There are cases where you just want to have an instant relief on a specific part of the body. Although massage uses the trigger points which are specific muscle tissues that have the particular issue to handle the neurotransmission; it also comes in handy to reduce pain and muscle soreness on the injured part.

Reflexology

Just as the name suggests, this is a form of massage that uses the reflex action such that you only need to touch the specific parts which are the hands, feet, and ears to ignite the production of neurons for an increase in the energy levels.

There are specific massage types that are designed for the Bulgarian family. It is just upon one’s responsibility to talk to the massage therapists on your exact feeling and what you want to achieve at the end of the session for him to tailor the session to your desire.


Water softeners can ease a lot of your festive chores. Find out how!

You use your water softener for your needs on a daily basis. But it is during the festivals when you may realize its real value. A lot of people will be frequenting your house before, during, and after the celebrations. It is not only your close family members that you have to entertain but also your friends and colleagues. You need your water softener to perform consistently for all your needs.

This is the perfect time to check how your water softener is doing before your massive festival entourage arrives horn. You are better off carrying out the inspection tasks beforehand, rather than wait for your guests to visit and the watch your water softener starts to act up. Anyone can take on the antics of a water softener in the luxury of having a lesser number of users. All we need to do is heat some water for the day until the softener is fixed. But it is a different ball game when you have enough people to start a football league waiting for water.

Ensure that you check the salt levels in the water softener and maybe even stock up more salt in the machine for the entire festival season. It is wise to do so, or else you might end up running errands to shops that are closed during the festival. Check if the salt level is full up to the brim and your water softener is ready to function for a longer time without any hiccups. You should also check if your water softener system has any salt blockages or bridges formed in the pipes. Clear out all the salt or sludge that may have settled at the bottom of the tank. It is worth running one whole cycle to ensure that the conduits are clean and the water flow is smooth before your guests arrive. Having a functional water softener is helpful for your needs while preparing for the festival. Washing long-stored cutlery and crystal glasses with soft water will ensure that no smudges or spots are left on them. Your guests and family members will not be distracted throughout the festival due to lack of soft water. They will be able to use the shower, use the kettle, and help you wash up after dinner seamlessly without suffering the aftermath of hard water.

The festivals bring a lot of additional work in terms of washing, cooking, and cleaning. So make sure that your water softener is working smoothly. This would mean that your washing machine will remove all the tough stains from everyone’s clothes quickly, and your dishwasher will handle the load of dirty crockery.

On the other hand, you can do what you do best, entertaining your guest like a role model host. Soft water is not just a tool to have cleanliness around your house. Having a seamless supply of soft water also means that you have the perfect ice cubes forming in your freezer. You won’t see anyone contorting their face because they felt the bitter metallic taste in their mouth from the ice formed by hard water. Drinks at your house will be delicious and refreshing as ever. The time before, during, and after the festivals can put a lot of strain on you just because of the grandeur of the occasion, but who would’ve thought that all you need is a functional water softener for your needs.

Soft water gives you the perfect sheen on your china, glasses, and cutlery, the very picturesque ice-cubes, and the most impeccable dish-washing services post dinner. A well-maintained water softener system ensures that your power bills won’t be very high as they run in its most optimized conditions; thanks to you! All that is left for you to do is to enjoy the festival in the company of your loving friends and family.


You would normally see people with welding helmets in workshops working on metal. These welders are unsung heroes when it comes to creating metal-related items. Not only creating items, but they also fix things for you. So, why not celebrate the wonderful craftsmen with a festival. A unique way to honor and represent them is by wearing welding helmets. Here are some ideas on how to organize a welding helmet festival www.bestweldinghelmet.review/tig-welders/.

Create a list of welders in town

How would a welding helmet festival be without the presence of the welders? You want to make sure every welder in town are informed and invited to attend this special moment. There are probably hundreds of welding companies in town. Each company might consist of several welders. A solution to this is by googling for welders in town and noting down the addresses and contacts. The next thing you need to figure out is the way to reach them. Probably the most efficient way is by email. However, the most effective way would be visiting them directly. This would be a more personal approach. It will show how serious you are in organizing the occasion. For this, you need to make a team as it would be exhausting to do it on your own.

Create a unique concept for the festival

Well, wearing a welding helmet itself is unique. But is that all the festival has to offer? That would be pretty boring if indeed it is. You and your colleagues would need to find an idea to make the festival entertaining and unforgettable. As in most festivals, you will need to determine the route of the march. Well, the idea of the festival is to wear a helmet. Welders want to show how unique and creative their welding helmets are, However, you must not forget to ask permission to local authorities for the march.

Apart from that, you might want to include live music. Even better, you may also want to include awards or competitions. A great example would be giving an award for the person with the most outrageous welding helmet. If you do decide to have live music, you need to determine the ideal location. And of course, you need to choose the artists. In doing so, it would be better if you do a survey on what type of music the welders like. This occasion is to honor them, so there’s nothing wrong about spoiling them.

Getting sponsors for the event

Collecting money for the event can be done in many ways. The first target would be the welding companies. This event is to for the welders working in their company, so why not returning the favor Another way to collect money is by asking sponsorship to the local government. This would be a great chance for the local government to show their care and support for the society.

Doing some gigs on the streets would also be a good way to raise money for the festival. Depending on what skills you and the committee have, this may include playing music or even doing some attractions like juggling. Doing gigs on the street while at the same time promoting the event would be a great idea.

Telling everyone in town about the festival

You would want people in town to attend the festival. There are many ways to announce the event to the society. You can go to radio stations. Your team might also want to create creative and catchy brochures to be shared.
However, out of the marketing strategies, the most effective and efficient one would be online marketing. This would go through several steps. First, of an, you certainly need to have the content. The content needs to be in line with effective content marketing principles. After that, you would need to find a place to post the content. Social media would be your number one priority. There is no need how effective social media marketing is Almost everyone has an account and is active. Not only that, but you would also need to ask people to share the posting. By doing that, your message would be spread quite quickly.


While your body is having a massage, a lot of good things are happening. First, your stress levels are lowered and you are able to feel calm and happy. This is because a good massage will affect your endocrine function, influencing the hormones positively. This way, the stress hormone cortisol is curtailed. The health benefits of massages are endless. Your nervous system will also be boosted this way. The tension in the muscles will be reduced; discouraging headaches from affecting you. Many health facts state that the need for painkillers can be reduced by up to 30% when you get a regular massage.

Other interesting health facts about massages have to do with cardiovascular health. Your heart function is enhanced leading to better cardiovascular health. When you are having a massage, your gastrointestinal system is further supported. This is because your relaxation will send positive signals that have the power to improve your entire digestive system. This means that how your body processes food can be greatly improved this way. A good massage will, therefore, help improve your mood in the short term. If you are dealing with stress and anxiety, this is a noted natural method to mitigate these problems.

If you are suffering from fatigue and back pains, studies have shown that a massage will help manage these issues. Those who suffer from insomnia owing to a variety of reasons, a massage will help induce relaxation; this can bolster natural sleep triggers. There are so many other health benefits to talk about. However, for you to enjoy the full merits of a good massage, it must be done in the right way. For those who are looking to enjoy back massages at home courtesy of loved ones, there is a need for effective back massage tips.
Professionals need comprehensive training and years of experience to perfect the art.

This does not mean that you cannot get some tips that will help improve your skill. Below is a look at some of the top massage tips for you to incorporate them accordingly. The first tip is that any massage should never feel painful. If the process induces any kind of pain, there is something wrong with the technique. A massage should actually feel good and relaxing. A massage should also be done on soft tissue and never on bone. Bones do not have any need for relaxation. Also, bones tend to be highly sensitive to pain. Only soft tissue in your body should be massaged.

For people who need a therapeutic massage for rehabilitation or after injury, getting a professional massage is the way to go. This is because you do not want to aggregate the injury or interfere with the healing process. Overall, getting a message should be calming to your body and senses. If you have issues with back pain, this process should slowly restore your muscles so that the pain can be alleviated. When you are able to keep stress at bay this way, you will be safeguarding your health in a major way.

With all these benefits to your body, reading while having a massage is definitely a great way of relaxing both your body and your mind. Reading is a good exercise for the brain as it adds knowledge while massage is good for the body because of the above mentioned benefits. If you are looking for a stress-reliever just grab a book and get a massage.

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