Historic Battles near Samokov in the memory of Chakar voivoda

On July 27th and 28th, near Samokov you will be able to watch historical   battles describing the rebellions against the Ottoman empire, have fun and learn more about the cause and the life of Chakar voivoda and his struggle against the Ottomans. Then “Chakar Feasts” will take place in the Chakar meadow area. On  27th at 6 pm the participants in the event will be welcomed, a camp will be built and a fire will be lit up so the fun with delicious meals and music can begin.

The ceremonial opening of the feast will be at 10.30 am on July 28 with the performances of the “Big bagpipes” from Smolyan. An hour later the historic re-creation will take place, involving patriotic clubs from all over Bulgaria. It will tell about the life and fights of Chakar voivoda. Hristo, like his real name was, worked in a weapon shop where he learned to shoot artistically. Chakar Voivoda is rebuffing against the request to work for the Ottomans free of charge and together with about 40 adherents began the fight against the Ottomans. He was protecting also the famous Rila Monastery. Unfortunately, he was betrayed by one of his men, whose wife took a bribe from the Turks to kill the hero.

The Feast of Chakarov Meadow will continue at 12.30 pm with making a special meal with meat and giving it free to the audience. At 1 pm will begin a folk concert, whose biggest star will be the singer Volodya Stoyanov.  The other participants will be the orchestra Royal band from Blagoevgrad and different  Samokov groups for songs and dances. You can also watch traditional struggles, and in the evening there will be a splash of fiery fires in the tent camp.

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I love history, to walk through old cobblestone streets, to smell the air of the past times and to feel the legends in the air. And I'm lucky to have been born in a country with a glorious past and a lot of stories to tell. Bulgaria was founded more than 1,300 years ago and has never changed its name. But the life of people, their everyday habits, their traditions, their music and their art have changed over the centuries. I invite you to take a walk through the different ages of Bulgaria and to get to know it better.