Kazanlak Rose Festival

Did you know that:
- One of the world's most beautiful rose oil today comes from Bulgaria;
- One of the highest per cent of the world's attar of roses is obtained in the Valley of Roses;
- 3,5 tons of rose petals go into the making of one kilogram of rose oil, which has the price of gold;
- The Bulgarian “attar” of roses is an important component in the perfumery business throughout the world;
- Bulgarian rose oil is used in space industry, as a greasing component in space equipment, due to its resistance to any temperature changes.

Rosa Damascena is the name of the oil-yielding rose, which made Bulgaria famous for production of the best rose oil in the world. It gave its name to a whole region – The Rose valley of Bulgaria. Extending more than 130 km along the Balkan mountain range, the Rose valley is surrounded by two mountains, which stop the cold winds in the wintertime and help create a specific climate. The combination of several factors makes this region a unique place for growing this sort of rose. The oil extracted from it is the best quality in the world. The Rose Valley includes Karlovo and Kazanlak fields, as well as some parts of the Nova Zagora fields. The Total area is about 3,300 square kilometers.

The rose bushes flower for about 25 days a year from mid-May to mid-June. The blooms are picked by hand early in the morning when the aroma is strongest, and transported in small quantities to the distillery. Seedlings come from the Rose Research Institute at Kazanluk, which has developed several Damascena rose varieties suited to conditions in the valley. International buyers pay for the Bulgarian product prices reaching Euro 4,000 a kilo.

Every year, during the first weekend of June, local community in Kazanlak organizes the annual Rose Festival. The first festival took place 108 years ago, in 1903. Celebrations were held annually, at the beginning of the rose- harvesting period. Karlovo and Pavel Banya- also known for their rose production, started organizing local rose festivals, too. Manufacturers from the whole valley gather dressed up in rose flowers. Mummers, called “koukeri” take part in the street parade. People sing and dance in the streets during the whole fest.

Three main events are worth a visit – early morning harvesting ritual in the rose fields, the electing of Queen Rose and the parade along the streets of each town. The processions and the celebrations last for two days. The climax of the festival in on Sunday when Queen Rose is being elected and festival parade takes place along the main streets of each village. There are other interesting events, taking place during the festival weekend – choir a cappella and folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tasting, gourmet-shows, etc. The Rose Festival and the fame of the Bulgarian oil-yielding rose attract numerous visitors from all parts of the world, the most numerous are visitors from Japan, Taiwan and France.

Rose Festival Program Kazanlak Bulgaria 2011

03.06.2011, Friday
10.00 - “Seuthopolis” square – Ceremony of raising the flag of Kazanlak Municipality
11.00 - Solemn session of the Municipal Council – Kazanlak
15.00 – “Iskra” Historical Museum – Opening of the Wine Fest
17.00 - “Seuthopolis” square – Concert of international folklore groups
21.00 - “Seuthopolis” square - Solemn opening of the Rose Festival; Crowning of the Queen
Rose; Fireworks; Concert

04.06.2011, Saturday
11.00 – “Iskra” Cultural Centre – Contest for Children song
11.00 - “Arsenal” Cultural Centre – “Rose Cup” – National competition for classic and
modern dances
14.30 – “Flowers in the water” – “Ebru” demonstration (Japanese drawing technique)
16.00 – YOGA PRACTICE COMBINED WITH THE MAGIC OF BULGARIAN ROSE
18.00 – “Seuthopolis” square - Concert of folklore group from Moldavia
18.30 – Art Gallery – Concert of “Cantifolia” choir, city of Grasse, France
19.00 – “Seuthopolis” square – “Miss Valley of the roses” contest
20.00 - “Seuthopolis” square – Concert of Bulgarian performers

05.06.2011, Sunday
10:00 - Rose Institute - “Rose picking and rose-distilling” rituals
10.00 - “Seuthopolis” square - Performance of Cheerleading groups
12:00 - “Seuthopolis” square - Festive carnival procession
13:00 - “Seuthopolis” square - Final concert; closing of the Rose Festival 2011
16.00 – YOGA PRACTICE COMBINED WITH THE MAGIC OF BULGARIAN ROSE
17.00 - “Iskra” Historical Museum – Closing of the Wine Fest

by brilltravel.com

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