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Over 1,000 people gather on Black Sea coast to celebrate July Morning

2010.06.30 2 коментара

Over 1,000 people have gathered in the seaside village of Kamen Bryag, Northeastern Bulgaria, ahead of the July Morning celebration 2010.

In Bulgaria there is a tradition called July Morning as an echo from the hippy era. People from all over the country gather on the Black Sea coast to meet the sunrise on July 1. The main refrain is Uriah Heep’s July Morning song.

July Morning (in Wikipedia)

In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called July Morning (Bulgarian: Джулая or Джулай, Julaya or July) as an echo from the hippy era in the 1980s and maybe as far back as the 1970s. Young (and not so young) people from all over the country travel (often hitchhike) to the Black Sea coast on the night of June 30 to meet the first sun rays on the 1st of July. Naturally, British rock band Uriah Heep’s 1971 hit July Morning is the main refrain.
Although the tradition was emotionally linked to the hippy movement in America, it is still popular in Bulgaria. It is probably not observed anywhere else, because of its specific role as a subtle protest during communist times. “Official” celebrations started in Burgas in 1991 or 1992, two years after the communist government resigned, and in recent years have spread to Kamen Bryag, Kavarna, Shkorpilovtsi, Irakli, Burgas, Sozopol, Varvara, Ahtopol, Chernomorets as well as the whole Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Initially, celebrants gathered on Pier 1 in Port of Varna East; now the vigil takes place on beaches as well.
Some argue that the tradition has lost its original meaning over time. Also, younger people do not necessarily know under what circumstances it was started or even who the author of the song was (namely, Uriah Heep). In Bulgaria, the sea is associated in the first place with summer vacation and good time, and July 1 is about when vacation starts for most high schools and colleges.
The feeling of elation from the first morning sun rays as a symbol of a new beginning in life, however, is still the main reason people observe the celebration. July Morning may be related to sun worship (see also Peter Deunov) and to midsummer night rites popular throughout Bulgarian lands ever since antiquity. It is believed that the best way to experience July Morning is to retreat with a few friends to one of the quiet beaches on the Black Sea facing east.

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  • July said:

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