Fiona Williams, Jane Keating, Larisa Dimitrova, Lisa Vredevoogd and Juliana Geier tell their stories of celebrating Christmas in Bulgaria
In the fateful year of 681, the Bulgarian Khan Asparuh probably had no idea that he would be laying the foundations of the future Bulgarian state. The only thing that he must have known at the time would have been that he had successfully led his people across the Danube. He had defeated the Byzantine Empire on its own territory and had to deliver the news of his victory to the rest of the Bulgars waiting on the northern bank of the river. He did so by sending a carrier pigeon. But while the bird was still in flight, the Byzantines intercepted it and shot arrows into it.
The same goes for kozunak – not every kozunak is as special as the one prepared for the celebrations