Bulgaria's Capital Sofia Lights Christmas TreeSociety | December 1, 2010, Wednesday // 20:53| views
The Sofia Christmas tree lighting ceremony featured exciting fireworks. Photo by BGNES
For the third consecutive year the Christmas lights of Bulgaria's capital Sofia were lit on December 1.
The traditional Sofia Christmas tree, the 50-year-old pine near the Rila Hotel in the downtown, was opened by Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.
"Christmas is what we make it. We put up much effort to decorate the downtown for Christmas despite the crisis," Fandakova told the scores of people who had come for the ceremony.
She urged everybody to decorate a living tree for Christmas instead of buying a tree.
The ceremony for lighting the Christmas lights in downtown Sofia included a number of events mostly focused on kids such as games and performances.
The Christmas Tree ceremony was preceded by an open concert of dance and song groups, which were brought from the National Palace of Culture to the tree with an antique tram car. The ceremony also featured fireworks.
All major downtown Sofia boulevards and buildings feature Christmas lights.
The Sofia Municipality has set aside only BGN 30 000 for Christmas lights this year; this, however, is compensated by private companies whose combined contribution to making Sofia pretty for the winter holidays is over BGN 500 000.
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