The Rose Festival - one of the most remarkable events in Bulgaria, dedicated to beauty and flowers, to spring and the fragrance of the priceless Kazanlak rose. The beautiful celebrations for the blossom of the roses there takes place in the first week of June. The whole week is filled with different attractions every day. That week is also interesting, because there is a beauty pageant and on the last day of the celebrations, for the most beautiful girl in the city is chosen. They call her "The Queen Of Roses".
The Rose festival in the Rose valley has come to be a symbolic reflection of the lifestyle, the spirit and the cultural patterns typical for Kazanlak region. In 1903, the citizens of Kazanlak organized for the first time a rose festival, dedicated to flowers, beauty and grace. The aspect of the Rose Festival in Karlovo nowadays is essentially based on ancient traditions. The ritual of rose gathering, where various ensembles of authentic folklore, kuker and folk dance take part, recreates the joy and exhilaration, caused by the forthcoming work in the rose field.
A part of another ritual, that of rose distilling, the guests of the festival are presented with wreaths of roses and are treated to rose ("gyul") jam, as well as to rose brandy. Then all guests take part in the procession, celebrating youth, beauty and flowers, which goes along the streets of Karlovo to "4th of July" Square. Nowadays the Rose Festival has evolved into an international event where thousands of tourists and guests of the town are entertained.
People interested in the events of the Rose Festival can install a smart phone app from www.roseapp.eu. The app is free and offers them an up-to-date event list with events details and locations, also working in offline mode on their phone.
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