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Rose Festival – Strelcha 2013

For the 18th consecutive year the Rose Festival in Strelcha traditionally began with the “Rose picking” ritual, where the rhythm of Strelcha songs, dedicated to the rose picking, symbolically reproduces the labour of people in this specific living activity of the town.
Rose Festival – Strelcha 2013

After the ceremony the guests, among whom was the official delegation from the Russian twin town of Stelcha, Esentuki, visited the rose-distillery where they learned about processing the rose-blossoms and the process of extracting rose oil. This year the Rose Festival coincided with the International Children’s Day. For this reason the Municipal Administration had organized children’s performances featuring artist Konstantin Anastasov and poetess Elena Damyanova. During the festivities rewards were given to the outstanding children participating in the drawing competition on asphalt organized with pupils from elementary school “Paisii Hilendarki”. One of the highlights of this year’s celebration was the opening of the bust-monument of Hristo Botev, made by the young sculptor from Strelcha Ivan Karapenchev.  The occasion of placing the bust-monument is the 165th anniversary of the birth of the poet and revolutionary.

In the program of the festival there was also the opening of an ethnographic exibition in the Historical Museum. It shows the rich traditional and material culture of the people from Strelcha, presented in several themes: Strelcha costumes, skill of a local woman to create home fabrics (by exhibition of a loom and objects, related to the preparation of the cloth and the different fabrics – white for male and female dress, girl’s trousseau, furniture).  Costumes themselves – both working and festival, with their separate parts, trimmings and ornaments, indicate the position and role of the person in the community and show typical Strelcha colors and decorations. In the exhibition also shows domestic objects – wine vessels, pans, copper pots, harvest tools and objects used in cattle-breeding.

The festal program continued with a presentation of the cheerleaders from the primary school “Paisii Hilendarski”. Then taekwondo teams showed their abilities on the square.

At 20:00 o’clock the procession of youth, beauty and flowers began. Local people had chosen their Queen of the Rose who led by hand four little children with wreaths from roses in their hair. All of them were happy and wanted to take a picture with her. The procession continued with representatives of the Strelcha amateur groups and a reproduction of the whole process of oil rose growing, from trimming and trenching to spraying and picking roses.  After the young participants passed along the lane the dance ensemble “Marvel” from Pazardzhik took the floor. The children presented several dances and made hearts of the spectators to play with the beats of the lively Bulgarian ring dances.

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After the dance part was the Mayor of Strelcha and guests of the event gave speeches.

After the official part the festal concert of pop singers Stefan Dimov and “Five season” formation started.

On the occasion of 18th Rose Festival in Strelcha, Municipal Administration made a flower  panel  (panel from flowers),  representing the town crest. The new flower crest is situated in the centre of the town next to the momument of Asparoukh.

Picture gallery from the event

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