Traditional holidays and festivals

14 October - the day of St. Petka, the heavenly patron of the town, is officially proclaimed as a town’s holiday in 1993 with a decision of the Municipal Council. On this day the Orthodox Church celebrates one of the most honored saints in our country - St.Petka, who became a symbol of the struggle for preservation of the Christian culture in our lands during the centuries. The St. Petka’s day - Petkovden is considered to be the end of…
"Bulgarian Plum Festival - Troyan" is an innovative cultural event of Troyan Municipality,which keeps one tradition of celebration with more than 20 years history. The festival continues and developes the traditions of the famous „Holiday of the Plum and the Troyan Plum brandy”. The year before, "Bulgarian Plum Festial" was officially awarded as one of the best festivals in Europe and was awarded with the prestigious quality label "European Festival" for 2015/2016, given by the European Commission. The holiday happens…
The beginning of the Rock Academy was set up in 2013 when a group of local enthusiasts shared their intentions to create such an event with the leadership of the Municipality. Their idea has been received enthusiastically and since then, in the beginning of the summer, fans of the rock enjoy concerts of some of the most popular rock and metal bands from the country and abroad. The contest for author's song and the beer fest are permanent components of…
In 2016 the municipal authorities of Troyan start up a new initiative - "July morning", and hope that it will establish quickly as a tradition. The event begins in the late afternoon of 30 June and continues until the early hours of 1 July. "Sunrise over the Balkan" is an attempt to give a new look above the popular among the rock fans “July Mourning”. Up to this moment the celebration for meeting the first July morning was organized only…
Enyovden is an old Bulgarian holiday, which is celebrated on 24th of June each year. It is supposed that the root of the holiday lies in the Thracian tradition. On the same date the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the day of Sts. John the Baptist and often the rituals and traditions of the two feasts interweave. The holiday coincides with the summer solstice, so many of the customs are related with the sun cult. According to the popular beliefs…
Every year the Troyan Community center “Nauka- 1870” organizes citywide carnaval celebration “Sirni Zagovezni in Troyan”. The guests can see an interesting restoration of the local custom and a festive program with folk artists. Sirni zagovezni (Syrian Sunday) is an important winter-spring holiday in the folk calendar. The holiday is celebrated seven weeks before Easter (always on Sunday) and lasts for a week in which various rituals and customs are performed. This is the time of the kukeri and the…
Since 2014, in July, the unique Blueberries Festival is organized in the Troyan Balkan, on the meadow next to ‘’Ambaritsa” hut. Probably, this is the Bulgarian festival, held at highest altitude. Emiliya Gateva, the woman who maintains the chalet for several years, is at the heart of the event. Dozens of visitors are also involved in the organizational work as volunteers. The unique festival is inspired by one of the largest mountain ranges with blueberries, among which is located the…
The event is held at the same time an place as the National fair and singing competition for vocal pensioners’ groups/ensembles ,,Beklemeto” It is organized by the Troyan bee-keeping NGO "Mother" and the bee-keeping NGO "Lavender" - Karlovo. The program of the event includes useful lectures and a discussion club for municipal and national associations of beekeepers. Traditionally, visitors of the event have the opportunity to purchase bee products with a certificate of quality. For more information: Bee-keeping NGO "Mother"…
For a second year in the well-known spa village Shipkovo, the local people and tourists will have the opportunity to participate in the Mineral water feast, organized by the community center "Svetlina - 1902", and the village authorities. The water in the resort is used for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, kidney inflammation; it also helps for problems with the locomotor and the peripheral nervous systems. In the program of the feast, expect performances of singing and dancing amateur groups.…
Annually, at the end of August, the National fair and singing competition for vocal pensioners’ groups/ensembles ,,Beklemeto” is organized in the mountain tourist resort “Beklemeto”. It gives an opportunity for meeting of the elderly people coming from all over the country. The singing competition is held in two days - Saturday and Sunday and dozens of artistic groups and choirs from all over the country participate in it. Organizers of the event are the Cultural Club of the Pensioners and…
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