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Празникът „Кюстендилска пролет“ и социалистическата празничност: Идеология и политики (Част 2)
Kyustendil Spring Day and Socialist Festivity: Ideology and Policies (Part II)

Author(s): Svetla I. Kazalarska
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Cultural history, Museology & Heritage Studies, Customs / Folklore, Media studies, Library and Information Science, Classification, Semiology, Political Theory, Governance, Communication studies, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Political history, Social history, Special Historiographies:, Theology and Religion, Developing nations, Politics and communication, Politics and religion, Politics and society, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Theory of Communication, Social development, Management and complex organizations, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Rural and urban sociology, Sociology of Culture, Economic development, History of Communism, Social Norms / Social Control, Sociology of Politics, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Law, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives, Psychology of Religion
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: Kyustendil Spring Day; socialist festivity; festive calendar; ideological discourse; policies

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the local holiday “Kyustendil Spring Day”, invented in the late 1960s, in the context of the socialist festivity policies by examining the ideological content inscribed in its semantics, symbols and rituals. The overarching research questions refer to the instrumentalization of the holiday by the socialist authorities and its functions in the local festive calendar. The analysis rests upon archival material, articles in the local press, photographs, and discussions and comments in the social media networks, as well as upon a limited number of interviews conducted by the author.

  • Issue Year: XLVIII/2022
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 299-312
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian