July Morning is a hippie-influenced fest that started in 1972. The name of the event is closely related to Uriah Heep’s hit July Morning which was widely popular in Bulgaria at the time. It’s a unique fest that exists only in this country. Groups of people gather on the eve of July, 1st, usually at the beach, and stay up all night to meet the first Sun rays on the first day of July. They start fires, share drinks and play music while they wait for the sunrise. Although there are a number of versions at to what this tradition signifies, most people consider July Morning a celebration of the new beginning and the freedom of the spirit. It is considered that that the fest started as a subtle act of protest against the communist regime.
Events and Festivals
The official start of the Tvarditsa – Elena Rally 2015 will be given on June 27, Saturday at 5.00 pm in Svoboda Square in Tvarditsa. The final is scheduled for the next day at 15:30 in Svoboda Square again. To the delight of the spectators during the first day one of the stages will be held in the evening hours. On Sunday the rally will continue along a route which was part of the legendary Golden Sands Rally from the near past. The total distance the cars will have to cover is 106 km.
Over 4,000 participants will gather near the Peter and Paul Monastery, close to Veliko Tarnovo, for celebrations dedicated to Bulgarian folklore. The Petropavlovski convention is probably the largest folklore event in northern Bulgaria with representatives from all ethnographic regions in Bulgaria attending it. The gathering will be held this Saturday and Sunday (27 and 28 June) on the eve of the widely celebrated in Bulgaria Petrovden.
On the 24th of June the Samovodska charshia in Veliko Tarnovo will welcome visitors for Enyovden celebrations for 12th year in a row. This is day of summer solstice, herbal remedies and ancient magic rituals. The festive days starts at 10.30 am on Wednesday with the traditional passing through a wreath which has 77 herbs intertwined in it. This is done following the ancient rituals and is said to bring good health. Traditional Bulgarian folk songs will also be performed during the opening hour.
Veliko Tarnovo will join the initiative with a number of events. Druzhba Park (in the town centre) and Kolyo Ficheto Park (in the neighbourhood of Kolyo Ficheto/Triagalnika) will host many yoga classes throughout the day; everyone is invited to join at any time. Lectures on the ancient old practice will be read at the New Sports Hall near Billa store at the roundabout.