Most Bulgarians are born into the Bulgarian Orthodox church.
. The Church has long played a role in retaining a sense of being
"Bulgarian", acting as the default support system under Ottoman and
. Despite Communist attempts the Church held firm and upon the fall of
the Soviet Union and the Communist Party in Bulgaria the church
experienced a revival - religious holidays were celebrated again,
baptisms and church weddings gained in popularity.
The Role of the Family
. The family is the fundamental social unit and much of society is based
. Families still tend to be extended rather than nucleur.
. Several generations may still all be found under the same roof.
. The family is generally very close and forms large networks of mutual
assistance and support.
. A common characteristic of strong family orientated societies is that
they tend to also have hierarchical structures with corresponding rules
of behaviours that enforce people's roles.
. In Bulgaria respect and honour is given to people with age and
. In normal social situations this is manifest where the oldest in the
group is greeted first, accorded a title, served first or offered the
best food at the table.
. With such perks also come responsibilities, for example they would be
responsible for making decisions for the group.
History and Culture
. Bulgarians are very proud of their culture and heritage.
. Stories and folklore still form an important part of life where
legends and traditions and are passed between the generations.
. These are also captured in poetic songs, rituals, music, dance,
costumes and jewelry.