Institute of Folklore at BAS

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria

Living Human Treasures - Bulgaria.

    Many nations promote immaterial cultural heritage as an identity source deeply imbedded in their historical fate. Unfortunately, a lot of cultural activities such as music, dance, narration, rites, fairs and application of other traditional skills are threatened with extinction. This is mainly caused by the globalization of the world culture resulting from technical and information progress. It is further enhanced by the fragile and perennial nature of the immaterial culture transmitted directly as living human experience and sometimes existing only in the moment of transmission or performance.
    UNESCO's program "Living Human Treasures" and its Bulgarian part "Living Human Treasures - Bulgaria" are aimed at avoiding future extinction. It is considered extremely important to encourage the bearers of immaterial cultural heritage to practice and to transmit their knowledge and skills to the next generations. Bulgaria is a country which is lucky to have preserved its folklore culture in an ancient syncretic state - as an immanent unity of sounds, movements, verbal creativity, rites, etc.
2024 January
Sveti Vrachove1
Sts. Kozma and Damyan1
Leten Atanasovden; Summer St. Athanasius’ Day5
Sveta Cherna, Cheren den; The Black Day6
Sveta Nedelia; St. Nedelya7
Goreshtnitsi, Ognena Maria; The First of the Three Hottest Days in the Year15
Goreshtnitsi, Ognena Maria; The First of the Three Hottest Days in the Year15
Ilinden; St. Elia's Day20
Lyatna Sveta Anna; Summer St. Anna25
Panteleymon; St. Pantheleymon27
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