Bulgaria is the world’s second-biggest exporter of rose oil, an ingredient in most perfumes.
As confusing as it may be, Bulgarians shake their head when they want to say “yes” and nod when they want to say “no”.
The country’s national instrument is gaida, more commonly known as bagpipes.
Bulgaria is in southeastern Europe, and has a population of 7 million people. Their capital is Sofia, and their currency is the Bulgarian Lev. The official language is Bulgarian.
They celebrate many holidays including:
- New Year’s Day (Jan 1)
- Liberation Day (March 3)
- Good Friday (Date Varies)
- Easter Monday (Date Varies)
- International Workers’ Day (May 1)
- Saint George’s Day (May 6)
- Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day (May 24)
- Unification Day (Sept 6)
- Independence Day (Sept 22)
- Christmas Eve (Dec 24)
- Christmas Day (Dec 25-26)
Bulgaria has 10 world heritage sites:
- Ancient City of Nessebar
- Boyana Church
- Madara Rider
- Rila Monastery
- Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo
- Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
- Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari
- Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
- Pirin National Park
- Srebarna Nature Reserve
Want to learn more? Check out Bulgaria’s tourism website!