(8-9 Sept) Rotary Club Sofia International Member at the “Na Harmana” Festival Harmanli (+GAL)

On 8-9 September the members of the association “The Business of Harmanli”, most of whom are actually members of Rotary Club Harmanli and Harmanli Municipality organized the 2nd Festival “Na Harmana” (“На Хармана”).

Harman is an old Bulgarian word – a flat circular terrain, which has been used in the past for threshing (separating the grain from the plant).

The idea of the festival is to preserve the traditions of the people from the villages in the Harmanly District  –  traditional food specialties from the region, crafts, clothes, etc. At over 50 booths the local producers exhibited traditional dishes and products from the area.

One of the attractions was the spectacle of a Bulgarian survival school “Baga-Tur”. They rode horses, fought authentic battles armed with real swords and shields, presented characteristic combat techniques from the past based on historical facts, recreated the dances of our ancestors.

The program included also folklore performances, presentation of authentic rituals, lifestyle and culture typical of the region. The official opening of the grape harvest in southern Sakar in old Bulgarian tradition was also part of the festival.

Our Past President Ms. Ani Hristova visited the Festival and apart from enjoying the activities, also helped our friend on their stands.

Ms. Hristova once again thanked for the hospitality of the Rotarians in Harmanli and received an invitation for all the members of Rotary Club Sofia International to visit the fest next year in the beginning of September.

 

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