Celebration is everywhere. Travel to Bulgaria for Rose Festival
The Rose Festival – a tribute to beauty
The Rose Festival is a lovely annual festival celebrated in the Rose Valley, near the town of Kazanlak. The festival is a pageant of beauty in the unique Rose Valley. Since 1903, in this Valley, people have been celebrating the flowers and especially the main and most beautiful flower – the rose. First, the Festival of the Rose was celebrated as the Festival of the Flowers but until the present day it has been celebrated by all Kazanlak people and its thousands of guests, as the Festival of the Unique Rose. Among Bulgaria tourist attractions and places to visit in Bulgaria, Kazanlak is a unique place because there is beauty and life there.
The Festival is the most remarkable event in Bulgaria and it takes place on the first weekend of June. This is the season when the gentle oleaginous Kazanlak rose comes to bloom, filling the air with its scent. The blossoms are picked in May and June, when high humidity is very important. So is the cinnamon-forest soil in the area and, last but not least, the remarkable skills of the Bulgarian rose-oil producers.
Don’t hesitate to choose Kazanlak among all the Bulgaria tourist attractions
The Festival starts on Friday and finishes with a procession on Sunday. Actually, these three days are the highest point of a beautiful whole-week of celebrations dedicated to the beauty and flowers, to spring and the scent of the unique Kazanlak Rose. You need to arrange your travel to Bulgaria for that time. This is a week filled with numerous interesting attractions every day. Craftsmen of the country come to Kazanlak to show their handicraft articles. Artists, actors, circus performers, writers and singers flock here at the start of June, the best time to visit Bulgaria, Kazanlak. In the run-up of the event, a Queen of Rose beauty contest is held in several rounds. The Queen of Roses is chosen among the girls who finish school the same year.
Electing of the Queen
Three main events are interesting for the guests of the Rose Festival – the electing of the Queen of Rose, the harvesting ritual in the rose gardens and the procession along the streets of the town. Ask somebody from Kazanlak and the region and they will tell you that the picking-up of the lovely oleaginous rose, starts very early in the morning and finishes by the time the sun rises. That shouldn’t discourage you, of course, from joining this ritual because firstly, it happens later for tourists; and secondly – do you really think you could help not being part of the harvesting process and what is more, could you miss the chance to fill up your lungs with scent of the world famous roses on a cool June morning and witness the blossoming of the flower with the small dew-drop on them…….
And the procession along the streets of the town of Kazanlak – it happens on Sunday noon when groups of artists, Bulgarian folk dancing, sports clubs, “kukeri“ etc., from Kazanlak and the region, march in front of the Queen of Rose and the many guests of the town.
You and Bulgaria travel in the past
Gül Festivali, eski gül üreticilerinin düzenlediği kutlamalardan kaynaklanmaktadır. Bu, gül hasadı döneminin başında oluyordu. Üreticiler güllü çiçekler giydirdiler. Ulusal düzeyde gerçekleştirilen ilk kutlama, 4 Haziran 1967’de Pavel Banya’da yapıldı. Bütün vadi boyunca “kukeri” olarak adlandırılan maskeli dansçılarla birlikte gül yağı üreticileri bütün festivallerde şarkı söyleyerek dans ediyorlardı. Kazanlak’da bu türden kutlamalar gelenekselleşti. Ve daha sonra Karlovo’da (Gül Vadisi’ndeki küçük bir kasaba ve ayrıca gül-yağ üretimi ile ünlü).
Bulgar gül üretimi, Gül Festivali sırasında her yıl yaygınlaşıyor. Gül endüstrisi, Rose Valley’de yaşayan insanlar için birincil önemini uzun zaman önce kanıtladı.
Kazanlak, Gül Şenliği ve Trakya mirasıyla Gül Vadisi’nin bir parçası; Haziranda her sene hazirlanmaktan memnuniyet duyariz. Sizi Rose Festivalinde yaşananlardan bir parça yapalım. Ve sonra – güller, dayanılmaz kokusu, kraliçeleri, güzelliği, dansları, mutlulukları … Bana güven ve burada Bulgaristan tatilini seçmeyi seçersen pişman olmayacaksın!