If you are planning to move to Bulgaria, it is best to be aware of its inhabitants' lifestyle beforehand. Here is an overview.
Moving to a foreign country often means having to adapt to a new lifestyle. So if you are moving to Bulgaria, it is best to be aware of its population's lifestyle and daily habits. In general, Bulgarians are very attached to traditions and culture. In fact, the whole year is marked by various celebrations, from January to December. You will even witness traditional, cultural and religious festivities. But beyond that, they are very active people as well, busy at work and also finding some time for leisure activities such as fishing, winter sports, adventures, etc.
While some festivals are celebrated on specific dates, others revolve around Easter. In fact, you are likely to come across very pious Bulgarians of Christian faith. You will also experience the Commemoration of the First Constitution which was proclaimed in 1879 and which is celebrated every year on the 16th of April.
As regards Christmas, it is celebrated in two parts, the first in the 24th December's morning and the second on the 25th of December at church followed by a festive lunch. You might also be surprised by the superstition of the 12 Bad Days.
Indeed, some traditions still exist and are still honored although Bulgaria has now developed into a modern country. Hence, the celebrations of Koukeri in the Strandja region have now evolved into the International Festival of Masquerade Games in Pernik.
Public holidays in Bulgaria are defined according to history and Bulgarian orthodox beliefs. These include the National Day, the Bulgarian Army Day, the Unification of Bulgaria and Independence Day, among others.
Most Bulgarians are used to go to the beach and enjoy food. In fact, the East coast, bordered by the Black Sea, has miles of white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and pleasant temperatures. Many of these are protected areas which have been classified as nature reserves. But you can still go swimming or diving there. These beaches are particularly crowded on holidays and during vacation periods.
The Bulgarian cuisine has inherited Slavic, Turkish and Greek traditions due to the country's geographical position. Hence, beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables, pork and chicken are part of most recipes.
On the other hand, golf and fishing are some of the Bulgarians' main leisure activities. You can find more details in the article Leisure in Bulgaria.
Official holidays in Bulgaria www.parliament.bg
Tourist Office of Bulgaria – Lifestyle and Culture bulgariatravel.org/en/dynamic_page/78
Tourist Office of Bulgaria – Traditional cuisine bulgariatravel.org/en/dynamic_page/75