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Tagged With: Bulgaria

What is a “Mother Tongue”?

The phrase “Mother Tongue” has always intrigued me.  Up until a few years ago I didn’t even think very much of it.  To me it had always meant a person’s first language, period, no more and no less.  There didn’t seem to be anything more interesting to know or even learn about the expression.  However, … Continue reading »

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Another Glance Back to 1947

On April 16th, 1947 American financier and presidential adviser Mr. Bernard Baruch describes the then increasingly evident post- Second World War tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States as a “Cold War”.  The terms sticks and on May 22nd , 1947 when President Truman signs the Act of Congress which implements his Truman … Continue reading »

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A Glance Back to the New Year 1947

Every New Year promises change, only in January we cannot know how that year will unfold. 1947 was no exception.  Researching the year my father arrived in the United States, I experienced a fascinating walk through history.  What made looking back particularly captivating was the discovery that, with the benefit of hindsight, one could very … Continue reading »

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(Re)visiting Life- the reason we write family history?

I came across an article recently which had been written earlier this year.  As part of my family history research, I also research economic and political themes to gain a perspective on where some (monetary and political) systems have originated and how they have evolved.  This is important in understanding the context of my family’s … Continue reading »

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Arrival to the United States of America – The Next Generation

Nineteen years to the month after my grandfather, Yovcho Tzaneff, arrived to the United States from Bulgaria, my father, Steven Tzaneff, followed in his footsteps and arrived himself.  It was June 14, 1947. As with my previous blog entry, while I had meant to post it on the exact anniversary of my father’s arrival to … Continue reading »

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Arrival to the United States of America

I had meant to post this blog on the exact anniversary of my grandfather’s arrival to the United States of America- June 1, 1928.  Unfortunately however, with my current work in Bulgaria taking up more hours in the day than actually exist, I have already missed a few intended postings.  My reasoning amuses me as … Continue reading »

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24th May – Day of the Slavic Writers

The “Day of Bulgarian Education, Culture and Slavonic Script” is a traditional Bulgarian holiday which takes place annually on 24th May.  A national holiday, it celebrates Bulgarian culture, literature and the Cyrillic alphabet.  The “alphabet” part of this holiday is important and sometimes the day is referred to simply as “Alphabet, Culture and Education Day”. … Continue reading »

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1st May – Labour Day

The “1st of May” is a day known by a variety of names throughout the more than 80 countries in the world where the holiday is celebrated today.  “Labour Day”, “International Workers’ Day” and “May Day” are some of the most common ways we refer to the holiday.  Traditionally observed by “the working class”, working … Continue reading »

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The Journey- Trains, Planes, a Horse-Drawn Carriage and Automobiles (though not necessarily in that order)

Having put together a framework of chapters to provide structure to my family history, I am finding parts of the skeleton rather bare, with little meat to hang onto the bones.  One such gaping hole is the actual, physical journey my father took from his little village in eastern Bulgaria all the way to the … Continue reading »

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Traditions of Spring – “Chestita (Happy) Baba Marta!”

In a month where we celebrate mothers and women, celebrating a holiday called “Baba Marta” or, literally translated, “Grandma March”, seems appropriate to write about.  This is a much-loved Bulgarian custom, truly unique in the world as Bulgaria is the only country to celebrate this holiday. In Bulgarian folklore, “Baba Marta” is the name of … Continue reading »

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