Velitchka & Mirjam

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We are Velitchka and Mirjam! We are going to introduce you to some interesting facts about the cultures of Bulgaria and Netherlands. Enjoy! :)
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This is a ritual called 'haring happen'. Dutch meaning for eating herrings (raw fish)  in the Dutch way. The fish is actually very soft and tender. We eat it together with chopped onions and other condiments. Some people find it very tasty but also many people find it nasty to eat. The herring bite can be done throughout the whole year . However, it is also a ritual on different holidays .The most famous example of this is during the so-called flags days.

Raw herring served with raw onion is extremely popular in the Netherlands. Herring and onion are sold everywhere by street vendors. This dish gets often related to the Dutch food traditions.

In the Netherlands there are several human rights. One of the most important right is that everyone can live up to their own religion. We speak about freedom of religion. It is a very important aspect of our society. We do not discriminate or disrespect other people's religion. We find it important that everyone feels welcome.

In the Netherlands there are several human rights. One of the most important right is that everyone can live up to their own religion. We speak about freedom of religion. It is a very important aspect of our society. We do not discriminate or disrespect other people's religion. We find it important that everyone feels welcome.

Our society stands for that everyone is equal. We have many different cultures from different countries. That is why our society is multicultural. A value is that even if you are from another country, you are equal. We find it very important that no one feels discriminated. The quote in the picture says what we mean with multiculturalism: 'Together Everyone Achieves More' (TEAM). The whole population in the Netherlands is one team.

Our society stands for that everyone is equal. We have many different cultures from different countries. That is why our society is multicultural. A value is that even if you are from another country, you are equal. We find it very important that no one feels discriminated. The quote in the picture says what we mean with multiculturalism: 'Together Everyone Achieves More' (TEAM). The whole population in the Netherlands is one team.

Pastures. The netherlands is characterized with the pastures. Holland mostly consist of  flat areas. You can only find high hills in the province of Limburg.  Most foreigners know the Netherlands as the country with no mountains. They recognize and see the Netherlands as a area full of cows and pastures. The foreigners find this very special, because it is an exception that our country does not consist of large and high mountains.

Pastures. The netherlands is characterized with the pastures. Holland mostly consist of flat areas. You can only find high hills in the province of Limburg. Most foreigners know the Netherlands as the country with no mountains. They recognize and see the Netherlands as a area full of cows and pastures. The foreigners find this very special, because it is an exception that our country does not consist of large and high mountains.

The red light district also called 'De Wallen'. Most of the people know for a fact that this is the place that you have to visit, when you are visiting the Netherlands and Amsterdam.  The red light district consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights.

The red light district also called 'De Wallen'. Most of the people know for a fact that this is the place that you have to visit, when you are visiting the Netherlands and Amsterdam. The red light district consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights.

A stereotype that is common with the Netherlands are the bikes. Most of the people travel with bikes. Foreigners are likely to rent a bike in the cities to go city sight seeing. Also most travel agencies recommend people to rent bikes if they want to visit different places or if they want to see for example traditional buildings.

A stereotype that is common with the Netherlands are the bikes. Most of the people travel with bikes. Foreigners are likely to rent a bike in the cities to go city sight seeing. Also most travel agencies recommend people to rent bikes if they want to visit different places or if they want to see for example traditional buildings.

Wilhelmina Drucker. One word that describes her: 'Feminist'. Wilhelmina Drucker carried and sought that man and women would have the same rights. That a women would not be less than a man. She was one of the first feminists in Holland and through her work, she activated other people to join her and to stand up for themselves. Wilhelmina Drucker shared her opinion and she was not scared about anyone at all. She is for many people a role model and a hero.

Wilhelmina Drucker. One word that describes her: 'Feminist'. Wilhelmina Drucker carried and sought that man and women would have the same rights. That a women would not be less than a man. She was one of the first feminists in Holland and through her work, she activated other people to join her and to stand up for themselves. Wilhelmina Drucker shared her opinion and she was not scared about anyone at all. She is for many people a role model and a hero.

Bulgarians generally pride themselves on their hospitality and neighborliness. An uninvited visitor will first be greeted with a handshake or verbal greeting at the outermost doorway or gateway, and will be invited further into the private domestic space depending on the nature of the visit.  When visiting someone's home, it is customary to bring flowers or sweets.

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Family and relatives are very important for Bulgarians! They typically marry by individual choice, although families may exert pressure on the choice of spouse. Ethnic Bulgarians tend towards single-child families. They are thus able to devote considerable resources and attention to their children's well-being and education. Extended families are also quite popular as a lot of married couples live in the same place with the parents of one of them or the families of siblings.

While the official census faithfully compiles statistics on housing, marriage, work and religion, an alternative "people's census" published today has tried to record more of the nitty–gritty of modern family life in Britain.

This is one of the most legendary writers in Bulgarian history - Ivan Vazov. He wrote the first Bulgarian novel that was based on a true story. It is about the life and struggles of people during The Ottoman rule and also the preparation for the riot for freedom. The novel is widely popular and is included in the education schedule for literature twice - once at secondary and once at high school. This expresses the great meaning of the novel for Bulgarian nation.

This is one of the most legendary writers in Bulgarian history - Ivan Vazov. He wrote the first Bulgarian novel that was based on a true story. It is about the life and struggles of people during The Ottoman rule and also the preparation for the riot for freedom. The novel is widely popular and is included in the education schedule for literature twice - once at secondary and once at high school. This expresses the great meaning of the novel for Bulgarian nation.

In Bulgaria we have a lot of traditions related to the Christmas holidays. We have certain ritual for Christmas eve like for example having odd number of dishes on the table and none of them contains meat. Other thing is that on Christmas day children  go from door to door to sing Christmas songs dressed in traditional costumes. Most of the rituals origin from ancient orthodox beliefs, but have remained in the culture for many years and some of them are still performed today.

In Bulgaria we have a lot of traditions related to the Christmas holidays. We have certain ritual for Christmas eve like for example having odd number of dishes on the table and none of them contains meat. Other thing is that on Christmas day children go from door to door to sing Christmas songs dressed in traditional costumes. Most of the rituals origin from ancient orthodox beliefs, but have remained in the culture for many years and some of them are still performed today.

This is a ritual performed middle or end of March on a celebration called "Sirni zagovezni". On this day people ask for forgiveness and show remorse for all the wrong things they have done. At the evening a big fire is made and people gather together around it, eat, drink and dance :)

This is a ritual performed middle or end of March on a celebration called "Sirni zagovezni". On this day people ask for forgiveness and show remorse for all the wrong things they have done. At the evening a big fire is made and people gather together around it, eat, drink and dance :)