Video of first day of school in Blagoevgrad

There is a lovely tradition in Bulgaria where the whole town turns out for the first day of school to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. Children bring their teachers flowers and there is a long program that includes singing, speeches by local dignitaries, poetry readings and even dancing. At the end,  the names of all the new children are read one by one as the kids walk in the school for the first time. It’s a lovely tradition, simply lovely.  I shot this video on the spur of the moment when I grabbed my Flip Cam and ran outside to see what all the hoopla was about.

I also managed to shoot a few photos of the children and their flowers that I hope you’ll enjoy (click on pics to make them larger). I feel so incredibly lucky to be here in Blagoevgrad and to be a witness to moments like these!