Bulgarian celebration

On the 1st of March Bulgarian people celebrate a traditional holiday called Baba Marta (or Grandma Marta in English) and it is related to welcoming the approaching spring. People all over the world meet spring with joy and new hopes but in Bulgaria it is saved as an ancient tradition.

On that day, Bulgarians exchange, so called “Martenitsi” (“Martenitsa” – singular, “Martenitsi” – plural) and tell each other, “Chestita Baba Marta!” (Happy Grandma Marta!). This custom is essentially to wish great health, good luck, and happiness to family and friends. The name “Martenitsa” is taken from the Bulgarian word for March, or, as a legend tells, an angry old lady called Grandma Marta – Baba Marta in Bulgarian (“baba” means grandmother and Marta comes from word “mart”, which means March in Bulgarian).

In Bulgarian folklore Baba Marta is a grumpy old woman who changes her mood very rapidly and it reflects in the changeable March weather. When she is smiling the weather is sunny and warm, but if she gets angry the cold will stay for longer and it may even snow. By wearing the red and white colors of the Martenitsa our predecessors asked Baba Marta for mercy. They hoped that it will make winter pass faster and bring spring.

The Martenitsa is made of twined red and white threads – woollen, silk, or cotton. The white is a symbol of strength, purity and happiness. The red is associated with health, blood, conception, and fertility.

The most typical Martenitsa represents two small wool dolls – Pizho and Penda. Pizho is the male doll, usually dominating in white color. Penda is the female doll, usually dominating in red color and distinguished by her skirt. There are many other variations and forms. Out of twined red and white threads are also made bracelets, necklaces, tassels, pompons, balls, squares, human or animal figures. Over the past several decades the tradition has been innovated by attaching all kinds of representations and symbols made of wood, leather, ceramics, metal foil to the thread-made martenitsas.

When someone gives you a Martenitsa you should wear it either pinned on your clothes, on the hand tied around the wrist, or around your neck until you see a stork, or a fruit tree in blossom for the first time in the season. After that you can tie it on a blossoming tree for fertility. It is believed that the Martenitsa bring health, happiness and longevity. Like kind of amulet, Martenitsa was attributed a magic power believed to protect folks from “ill fortune”, diseases and an evil eye.

The custom of wearing Martenitsa is probably one of the most interesting Bulgarian tradition and it is considered to be unique to Bulgaria. According to one of the many legends, this tradition is also related to the founding of the Bulgarian state in 681 AD.

The tradition comes from the following legend:

Khan Asparuh, the first Bulgarian king, had a sister called Huba. She was held captive in another kingdom. Asparuh sent a message to his sister that he had found a land where they could settle down south of the Danube River, a place that nowadays is Bulgaria.

When Huba got the good news from her brother, she managed to escape from captivity and run away. She rode on horseback without stopping until she reached the Danube River. She looked for some way to cross the mighty river but couldn’t find a ford to pass across. So then she tied a thread of white yarn to one of the legs of a falcon sent by her brother and let him fly up into the air, holding the other end of the thin thread in her hands.

The falcon flew away to find a ford for passage across the river and just then, when he found a place, an arrow shot by an enemy pierced the falcon, and he fell to the ground dead. The yarn became red from his blood. Huba followed the thread she was holding and so she found the way to cross the great river and reach the country where her brother Asparuh had made his new home. Then they lived free and happy in the new land they called Bulgaria.

Sincerely yours,


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Bike trip

Sometimes we make bicycle routes, and this time we made a route, leaving the office, we stopped in vajszlo to buy supplies for the route.
We started the route in Hegyszent Mártoni, going through Diosviszlo and ending in Szolohegy, a total of 45 km;already used to almost double
that distance is nothing for me although for some it is exceeded, and end up exhausted, but spend time with them, sharing moments,
taking pictures with them and places ..
On this route a friend of zoli participated and of the organization, Igor who lives in Croatia near the organization.

Within the route, we had climbs, extensive areas of mud, with difficulty to ride the bike, but with stops with spectacular views,
aside the day was with us.
personally I love this activity not only to get away from the routine, to eliminate stress and share a moment more with the organization,
but also because it was always for me a hobby and lately it is becoming a routine, and that I have it linked to other hobbies like photography,
and my next step is to travel with her without going through the house in days.


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Hungarian language & personal development


Since that I am here in Kemes village for 78 days , except my english language development , I also made progress in the Hungarian language. Every week the EVS volunteers according courses.

The Hungarian language consindered as the most difficult European language. Although Hungarians use Latin characters, their kinship ends as a language with the rest of the European. Minimum words in Hungarian including locations are recognizable to foreigners. As a traveler, you have a problem when you can not even pronounce the name of the part you want to go to. ”


“The Hungarians are not related to their neighboring language groups, German, Slavic or Roman, which contain 95% of the languages ​​in Europe. There are many theories about the origins of Hungarian, but grammar and vocabulary refer to ties to Finnish, Estonian and some other languages ​​in Russia. However, Hungary is not like Finland at the edge of Europe, but in the middle. That is why he has exchanged words with some other countries. The Hungarians have borrowed in English some well-known words such as the words ‘coach’, ‘saber’ and ‘paprika’. And even though they have borrowed some of these words from English, it will be hard to understand. ”


Dr. Istvan Lancek, a professor of linguistics at Comenius University in Bratislava, speaks to CNN and explains that long-term words in Hungarian are due to historical influence from German, which stick together smaller words together and create a huge word. “Although you may not be able to understand Hungarian, it is a pleasant and singing language, but the young Hungarian speak a lot of English, middle-aged usually the traditional dialect, while the older speak German,” the US news agency reports.

Ural languages ​​are known for their complex and extensive downward system. The Finnish, e.g. has 15 drops and the Hungarian 17, while the Indo-European language with most of the falls, the Sanktic, has 8 and the New Greek 4. In the Ural languages, many meanings and editorial roles that in Indo-European languages ​​are expressed with implied determinations are expressed with these decreases , while those who are ahead are clearly limited.


Ural languages ​​are typological adhesives. Their numerous falls are thus formed by the attachment of distinct suffixes.


Another typical feature is vowel harmony, a phenomenon in which a particular vowel type exists in a word, and suffixes change to adapt to the vowel of the root of the word.


The order of the terms of the proposal is Subject-String-Object.


Making its way to Europe, Hungarian became a language moulded by its migration. Hungarian acquired many words with Iranian, Turkic, and Caucasian origin offering a linguistic breadcrumb trail towards its roots in the Urals. Later it also became influenced by its European neighbours, with words being picked up from languages from the Slavic, Latin, and Germanic families, and even its Turkish influences could be traced to the Ottoman occupation of the country which lasted for almost 200 years.


But while there may be the odd identifiable German or Slavic word, the language is still virtually indecipherable to its neighbours. Even though the language evolved over time, its grammar and phonology stays loyal to its Uralic origin. One of the greatest challenges for non-Hungarian speakers are its pronunciation, where you have three groups of vowels (totalling about 14 vowels) and groups of consonants clustered together, some of which make unique sounds, such as Ny (/ɲ/ – think the ñ in Spanish), Sz (/s/ – that’s a normal S to most of us), S (/ʃ/ – which sounds like Sh), Dzs (/dʒ/ – that takes on a J sound), or Gy (/ɟ/ – I have no idea how to explain this one to English speakers, but I can tell you the Hungarian surname Nagy is not pronounced “Naggy” as in your naggy relative).


This can prove to be a landmine when it comes to pronouncing certain words, where a carefully placed accent changes the meaning of the word, such as cheers, Egészségedre [ˈɛɡeːʃːeːɡɛdrɛ], which becomes a toast ‘to your whole posterior’, when missing an accent in the case of Egészsegedre [ˈɛɡeːʃːɛɡɛdrɛ].


A grammatical headache

Beyond that, Hungarian grammar offers learners an intellectual headache with its elaborate case system, where you have 18-35 cases depending on who you ask, that are used to express prepositional meaning. Tense, noun, adverb, adjective, person, number, and case are expressed through a complex directory of hundreds suffixes (along with prefixes), where an incorrectly used suffix will change the entire meaning of the word or sentence, for example the verb hív (call) changes to Jánossal hívathatnál egy taxit (you could have János call a taxi) in another sentence, where you have the stem, hív, followed by causative (+at), may (+hat), and conditional you (+nál).



Hungarian is certainly a language that will offer an intellectual challenge to any daring language learner, so if you decide to learn this fascinating language as an adult then I wish you good luck on this linguistic Odyssey!

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School visit in Vajszló


Working with the young people is not just something important, but it’s also recharging. Working with young people can spread their energy to the surrounded people and to make them more positive.

Last week we started organizing new school visit for the youngsters from 8 B grade in the Vajszló’s school. First of all, we started discussion to choose the topic for the visit… The topic that we decided to prepare for them was “The music connects people.”. Once we had the topic we started building the program, discussing the activities and energizers, developing a game which will deliver maximum knowledge to the participants etc.

The school visit was yesterday at 02:00 PM. All together we packed the required materials and with the Transporter we started a trip to Vajszló. The school visit started with an energizer to energize the students and to gain their attention. After that we divided the group in 4 different groups to start the main activity, which we prepared. Each team received a flipchart with photos of musical instruments and labels with the name of the instruments. Then we started playing different sounds of instruments and they had to identify the name of each instrument. In the begging it sounds like a simple task, but when you start doing it the things changes… haha… We had 2 winning teams in this activity, but everyone received something.

When we finished the game it was time for evaluation and reflection of the meeting. And then the school visit finished.

I really love to work with young people and it makes me feel so energized and positive. It is like I am getting positive energy from them. Also from such school visits you can easly see how different and creative is everyone. Each of them has his/her own and unique style, skills, personality and way of communication.

I hope soon we will start preparing the next school visit, because I cannot wayt to see them again.

Yours faithfully,


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Christmas came to kemes, and with it their event.We received the visit of children of the school of kemes, of different classes (5-10 years), for several days.
We really enjoy interacting with children but more with those ages, they are very funny, and there are always very funny moments or details that make you happy the day.
a few hours before to arrive the children, we prepared everything necessary for the event, material for the children, music, we prepared the camera and the food,
something that each one put his nationality in the food christmas, Marin with a traditional Bulgarian dish (Banitsa) with a wish in each piece and in one of them with a
coin to give fortune jajajja, Jason with a Greek dish (melomakarona), then hot chocolate cooked by eva,and finally the visit of someone very special who would give
them chocolates.
when the children arrive, Eboya would sing with them Christmas carols and show them some detail or object of the past, then we would participate with them
in workshops to create Christmas decorations and decorate gingerbread dolls,then Cantarian carols for papanoel, would appear Papanoel (Xabi) and two imps
(Marin and Martin) and we would give them chocolates, Finally we would show and taste the typical dishes of the volunteers, and singing to papanoel
they would say goodbye to the office and march back to school.

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Cooking Photos and/or Developing Food?! (◕‿◕) Analog photography – part



The analog photos are not just pieces of old technology, but each photo has its own soul. When the shutter of the camera opened it didn’t only capture the coming light flow, but also the energy of each specific object in front of the analog camera.

The preparation for the workshop started a bit before Tomi’s arrival by the “creation” of the dark room. This time our task was to develop the films we used to capture during the last a month and a half, a process which I named “cooking” photos because of the cookbook.

As soon as Tomi arrived we started the first activity of his workshop and it was related with the cookbook. Timi was cooking a traditional Hungarian soup named “Savanyú level”. The soup was made of pork liver, pork heart and pork lungs. On first view a bit strange ingredients, but after Timi’s gold hands they turned into amazingly delicious soup.

On the next day, after cooking soup we started developing the analog films from our cameras. First we were discussing the process and the required ingredients, which are doing the magic to develop the film and to save the captured images for the next generations (or at least for the next few years). After that we loaded new films in our analog cameras and we got our second “homework” from Tomi…

On the next day in very early morning we started a short trip to Pálinka cooking place and after we loaded the Pálinka we visited our friend Kálmán Uörös in his eco-farm where he was cooking Gaz Saláta, which was very interesting and unusual kind of salad… the name of the salad comes from its ingredients… Gaz Saláta means Grass Salad. It had clover, nettle, dandelion etc… It was very strange but extremely delicious salad.

This time Tomi’s workshop was just 3 days, but really intensive… we finished a lot of task and we learned a lot of new things… about Cooking Photos and/or Developing Food… the action doesn’t matter, the most important is the final result… just be careful do don’t eat the analog films at the end (haha because they are so delicious).

Sincerely yours,



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Closing event




The last year was closed with an amazing event that took part in Kemes, which is the base of Fentarthato Ormansag Organisation . This year our organization has the 8th birthday … So we have had several time for prepperation.

The event has been started to be organized 2 days before the final … All participants have to present something from their home country.

Our Bulgarian participant present to the locals, banitsa, which is a traditional salty pie. The special ingredient is that every peace is rolling one paper with a wish. One piece also includes a coin. The legend wants, whoever finds the coin will have for the new year all the good lucks of those who are written at the papers.

The greek participant prepared tzatziki sause and a real Greek original salad with feta cheese, who were all really fascinated.

Also the two Spanish participant cooked Carneasada which is a traditional plate in the Galician region.

After the cooking process of the food, all of us included and the locals start to prepare the ginger bread and also the decoration of them. At 5 o clock the event starts with a speech of our boss and then we have some sentences and personal feeling about how our EVS experience is rolling until now. The event finished around 8.

After the whole organization have  had the chance to join all of them with dancing and drinking.







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