A celebration of the colored rugs starts in the village of Blaskovtsi

If you dream of going back in time or just looking at all the treasures of the grandmother’s chest, then you should definitely visit the village of Blaskovtsi in the municipality of Elena on the 17th of June. From 10 a.m. in front of the municipality of the village begins the feast of “The Shadow Rug, the People’s Lifestyle, and the Old Crafts”. You will be able to see the woven treasures inherited by the grandmothers of the local people.

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You can also learn a craft there. And see how wooden souvenirs such as spoons, spindles, and carvings are made. And learn how to weave and make knit baskets. The festive program also includes a grill, beer and a bunch of other culinary specialties. Naturally, you can also take home-made sweets and juices made by the local.

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The holiday is organized by Elena Municipality and “Saglasie – 2014” Community center in the village of Blaskovtsi. Your tour can continue to the town of Elena, which will impress you with its Renaissance architecture and a lot of sights. We recommend visiting the church of St. Nicholas, which is the oldest in the city and is half dug into the ground. In addition to the 1600-faced frescoes of saints from the Bible, the church will impress you with a smiling face above the altar, similar to the modern emoticons. It was placed there to attract young people to the temple and show them that God is not terrible, but merciful.

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In addition, you can visit the Daskalolivnitsata School, the Museum of Ilarion Makriopolski, the Clock Tower, the Kamburovo inn, the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother Church and many other historical sites. The Popnikolov house is also visited by the American journalist, Januarius MacGahan, who first alarmed the world about the Batak massacres and changed the policy of the Great Powers at the time. He is well known as the liberator of Bulgaria. Elena also has a monument to McGahan.

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<p>I love to travel because of the encounters with diverse people and cultures and the chance to touch other worlds. And this can happen even without leaving the borders of your own country. For example, at a festival, you can travel thousands of years and dozens of borders without leaving your place. For me, the journey is not only beautiful landscapes and ancient landmarks but also thousands of human stories. Let’s learn them together.</p>