The twelfth Honey Celebration took place in Kozloduy on 28th and 29th February 2020. The event is a joint initiative of the beekeepers’ association of Kozloduy and the region and of State Enterprise Radioactive Waste, it has the support of the local institutions and is highly popular with the community.
The Celebration was opened with a welcome speech by SERAW’s Executive Director, Mr. Dilyan Petrov, the Mayor of Kozloduy Municipality – Mrs. Marinela Nikolova, and the beekeeper Tsvetan Yovov. They expressed appreciation of the efforts and loyalty of the participants – producers of ecologically clean honey and bee products and the representatives of art and creative traditions. An accent in the speeches was the satisfaction that a nice tradition had been established in Kozloduy and it has been annually upgraded. An emotional emphasis at the beginning of the event was put on by the talented students from Vasil Levski Primary School, who performed poems for the bees and honey. A pleasant surprise for everyone was the collective art project of the children from Zvezdichki group from Mir Kindergarten – unique gift for the participants and guests to the Celebration.
Two authors from Kozloduy made debut at the Celebration – Tanya Miteva, with products made of flat wool and Hristina Atanasova with baby knitwear clothing, as well as Valentin Peshkov from Berkovitsa with his collection The Stone Comes to Life. The writer Stoyan Nikolov – Torlaka met in person with fans of his books that carry the spirit of the Northwest. The presence of Baba Marta (Zoya Ilieva) from the Hristo Botev -1879 NCCTP (National Community Centre Temple-Monument) Kozloduy also added a special flavor to the event. A special guest was Aurel Tanasie, honey producer from the Dabuleni region, Romania, who was quite enthusiastic and left with the promise of certainly joining the next exhibition.
During the two days of the Celebration, more than 1400 visitors were welcomed. Volunteers – students from the newly created class for radioactive waste management at the Igor Kurchatov Professional High School – Kozloduy, also contributed to the atmosphere and organization in the hall.
The final of this year’s Honey Celebration was staged with a traditional closing ritual and along with the wishes for a prosperous year; the following phrase was also heard: “We, the people who have been gathering here for years now, are like a beehive – it is difficult to separate us.”