Thousands Flock to Gela Folk Gathering in Bulgarian Rhodope

Culture | August 6, 2011, Saturday // 15:44|  views

Image from the 2011 edition of Gela folkore gathering. Photo by BGNES

Thousands have flocked to the tiny Rhodope Mountains village of Gela for the traditional yearly folklore gathering, featuring a bagpipe contests.

Visitors come from across the country and Europe, including Serbia, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Many of them will stay overnight in the villages or in the many campsites around it, in order to take part in the second day of the feast Sunday.

Local authorities are reported to have created all facilities needed for the festival, including health services.

Visitors can buy and taste many traditional Bulgarian and in particular Rhodope produce, including herbs, as well as products of traditional crafts.

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Tags: tradition, Rhodope Mountains, folklore, folk, Rhodope, bagpipe


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