|Experience Kalofer's Rich Traditions
One of the best ways to experience Kalofer's festive spirit and rich traditions is to join the townspeople for one of several annual celebrations, from Yordanov Den in early January to Christmas in late December. Kalofer's major celebrations are detailed below.
- Yordanov Den and Hristo Botev's Birthday - The celebration begins early in the morning with a priest throwing a cross into the river followed by a group of men dressed in traditional costumes singing and dancing in the ice cold water. These rituals symbolize the start to the new year. A ceremony celebrating the birth of Hristo Botev, the renowned revolutionary hero, begins shortly after lunch and closes with traditional songs and dance.
- Kukuri - Carried out to ward off evil spirits prior to the beginning of spring and usher in a productive growing season, this celebration consists of adults and children dressed in traditional costumes and performing traditional dances and rituals.
- Georgiov Den - A festive day symbolizing the beginning of the goat and sheep herding season and health for all throughout the rest of the year. Bulgarians traditionally gather on this day to wish those around them success, health and happiness.
- Hristo Botev's Memorial - A day dedicated to the renowned revolutionary hero that includes speeches from local as well as national politicians, a military ceremony and march to his monument, and an evening fireworks display.
- Kirik - A popular local celebration where many townspeople spend the weekend camping at Saint Kirik and White River recreational areas eating, drinking and being festive.
- Christmas - An overall festive and beautiful time to be in Kalofer, from the snow capped mountains to the carolers going door to door singing traditional songs.
Visit during these festive times to take part in Kalofer's rich traditions and experience an authentic part of Bulgaria. A calendar of major celebrations is provided on this page.