A competition was announced in our school by ACES team. The title : The beauty of Plovdiv.
Our hometown is a candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2019 and we decided to support its application for this amazing event.
Students had to compete with photos and drawings. The requirement was- only personal works not copy/paste ones. Many pupils took part in this competition. THANK YOU DEAR CHILDREN! YOU ARE GREAT!
Members of Minicipal Foundation Plovdiv were very strict hanging-committee.
Here are THE WINNERS:
DANIEL GRUDLEV - 11A grade and IVAN RANGELOV - 8B grade
DANA CHVETKOVA - 6V grade
TODOR AND NIKOL - 6G grade
Here are their masrepieces:
So, our ACES exhibition is getting closer, and we have taken our task to be creative very seriously and we have made many great drawings and works ... Our paintings will be ready in a day or two and there are many other students who will make something in the next couple of days. Here is a selection of some of our works! We like them very much! And we hope you will like them too! See you at the exhibition!
Before Christmas we buy (or make) gifts for our loved ones.
We clean up the whole house and decorate our homes
We bake Christmas cookies and Christmas cake already before Christmas, we eat it than during the Christmas holiday
Beginning of Christmas is on Christmas Eve, 24th of December, we call it “Generous Day”.
During that day our families follow different traditions, such as foro example:
There are Nativity scenes to see in churches during the Christmas time there. We took some photographs in churches in Pilsen for you to see the art of the old woodcarvers.
Cristmas Cake – vánočka – the most traditional
The Vánočka has a long history and is still popular today. he first reference to a vanocka was in the 16th century, and over the long years it has gone through many small transformations. In the past, it went under such names as huska or calta, and in some places in the Czech Republic today it can be found under a wide variety of names: pletenice, pletanka, stedrovice, stedrovecernice, stricka, strucla, zemle, and ceplik.
At one time, a vánoèka could only be made by a baker who was a guild craftsman. In the 18th century, people began to bake them at home by themselves. The first of the home-baked vanocka had to be given to the master of the house, so that the grain would prosper in the following year.
At the end of Christmas Eve dinner, a large vanocka was sliced up.
In some areas, a slice was given to the livestock, so they'd be healthy and safe from evil
vanocka wasn't, and isn't, simple and therefore a variety of customs are followed in preparing the dough, braiding and baking it to ensure success. The woman of the house had to mix the dough while wearing a white apron and kerchief, she shouldn't talk, and
she was supposed to jump up and down while the dough was rising. Another old custom was to
bake in a coin. The person who found it in their slice was assured of health and wealth for all of the following year. A burnt or ripped vanocka was a bad omen.
•Today, the vánočka is an indispensable and necessary part of the Christmas holidays, whether made at home or bought in a store. Even today there are handy people capable of making the lower braid out of seven strands (it's most often made from four), or else they braid the whole vánoèka together at once from six strands.