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Here you can find some facts about Bulgaria.....
Bulgaria and Romania are the new members of European Union since January 1st, 2007.
Bulgaria is located in the Balkan Peninsula in South Eastern Europe and has always been part of European continent. Being one of oldest states in Europe (founded in year 681, now more than 1300 years old), it will be one of the youngest members of the European Union (EU).

Do you know that between 15 October 2005 and 15 March 2006 Bulgaria was the World Kingdom of one of the most intelligent and magnificent sport games - Chess. In this period Bulgarians owned 3 World champion titles - Women's World Champion - Antoaneta Stefanova, FIDE World Chess Champion - Vesselin Topalov and World Campion for veterans - Liubcho Spasov.
Antoaneta Stefanova is a Bulgarian chess grandmaster. She became the twelfth titleholder in 2004 in a 64-player knockout tournament held in Elista, Russian from May 21 to June 8, 2004.
From Sept 28 to October 9, 2005 in Lignano, Italy was held 15th World Senior Chess Championship. Over hundred and fourty 60 years old players took part in the tournament. The winner after 11 Rounds was Bulgarian GM Liuben Spassov.
And in the middle of October last year the greatest Bulgarian chess player Vesselin (Vesko) Topalov had incredible success. He became the FIDE World Chess Champion by winning the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005, which took place in San Luis Province in Argentina from September 27 to October 16, 2005.
In the January 2006 FIDE rating list, Vesko was number two in the world (after the retired Kasparov) with an ELO rating of 2801, becoming the third player to have ever achieved an over 2800 ELO rating, behind historical ratings leaders Garry Kasparov (2851) and Vladimir Kramnik (2811).
Topalov was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. He was taught to play chess when he was eight years old by his father. He became a Grandmaster in 1992. Now he is one of most famous and glorious Bulgarians for all times.


Martenitsa
"Baba Marta" (Grandma Marta - in English) is a unique folk tradition, known only in Bulgaria. It is one of the most ancient pagan traditions that we keep until this days.
On the first day of March we give to our relatives and friends a special amulet, called Martenitsa and wish each other health and happiness with "Chestita baba Marta" - (in English, "Happy Grandma Marta"). "Marta" comes from the word for March (Mart) in Bulgarian.
The Martenitsa's are made of double white and red woollen threads. White wire symbolizes long life and purity; the red one symbolizes health and strength.
During this holiday people in Bulgaria put martenitsa's on their clothes, martenitsas are ties up on children necks and wirsts. Also in the past the tradition was to hitch martenitsas onto fruit-trees and on the necks of the farm animals - for better crop and fertility during the year.
We wear martenitsa until we see the first stork for the year and then we remove it and put it on a blooming tree or under a stone. It's one of the most colourful and life-asserting Bulgarian traditions and we like it very much.
... and see some pictures from our lovely country.
Varna - the Cathedral (shot by Nelly)
Pliska - ruins from first Bulgarian capital city , 8th century a.c. (shot by Nelly)
Nessebar town (shot by Jordan)
Architectural sanctuary Zheravna village (shot by Nelly)
Rock phenomenon "Stone wedding" (shot by Nelly)
Nature phenomenon "Rock mushrooms" (shot by Jordan)
Architectural sanctuary Melnik village (shot by Nelly)
Rila Monastery (shot by Nelly)
Bachkovo Monastery (shot by Nelly)