Alfa Art Gallery invites you to join us in celebrating Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day. The event will take place at 108 Church Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901 on Sunday May 24th, 2015 at 5:30 pm.
We will begin the evening with a presentation about the history of the Bulgarian Alphabet. Also, Alfa has the pleasure of presenting the dance group, “Kopriva” performing Bulgarian folk dances. Lastly, we are excited to announce our guest, recently formed band, “Alfa BG” who will perform a selection of Bulgarian music.
Members in the Alfa BG band include:
- Todor Enev – vocal and guitar
- Volodia Stavrev – lead guitar & keyboard
- Antonio Kamberov – percussion
- Vasil Subotinov – bass
This event has no admission fee and is open to the public. Feel free to bring food and snacks to share with everyone, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Why do we celebrate May 24th?
With an impressive celebration history of 162 years, May 24th recognizes the Slavonic Alphabet, as well as Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture. This is the longest running holiday in late Bulgarian history.
On May 11th, 1851, a celebration was organized at the eparchy school “St St Kiril and Methody” in the town of Plovdiv by Bulgarian linguist and writer Nayden Gerov. This day now honors the Saint brothers, Kiril and Methody, founders of the Slavonic Alphabet. Since 1857, this day has been celebrated every year in towns such as Plovdiv, Shumen, Tsarigrad, and Lom. Currently, May 11th is celebrated as a Church Holiday of the Saint brothers Kiril and Methody. This day expresses the striving spirit of the Bulgarian people towards their Church and Political independence as well as their eagerness for national and economic progression.
May 24th is a holiday in itself, a day of spiritual uprising overviewing Bulgaria’s cultural and scientific achievements. Looking upon the letters written by Kiril and Methody as well as their translations of the liturgical books , shows the fight to protect the right to honor God in their own language. It is a historical significance to the development of the Bulgarian nation and becomes part of the general human idea for equality.