“Kalinitsa” in the Town of Asenovgrad as an Example of Construction of Modern Urban Festival Cover Image

„Калиница“ в Асеновград като пример за конструиране на съвременен градски празник
“Kalinitsa” in the Town of Asenovgrad as an Example of Construction of Modern Urban Festival

Author(s): Zlatina Bogdanova
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, Human Geography, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Social history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social development, Human Ecology, Rural and urban sociology, Globalization
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: festival culture;urban transformation; ethnography; traditions; local groups;

Summary/Abstract: The paper is dedicated to a modern urban festival at the heart of which lies thetraditional celebration of „Kalinitsa“ preserved in Asenovgrad. The study reveals how this tradition is reconstructed today and turned into a cultural resource for the local community. The emphasis is on the cultural representations and functions ofthe festival and the importance attributed by local residents. The analysis identifiesthe main discourses related to „Kalinitsa“, paying attention to the role of collectivememory in shaping modern practices and models of celebration in the community. Who are the carriers of this local memory? To what extent it defines the essence ofthe festivities? In addition, the paper aims to answer the following questions: whatmakes the festival unique to Asenovgrad and what is its place in the modern urbanculture? In the disclosure of all aspects of this tradition the author relies on personal observations, stories of participants and earlier ethnographic researches.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 217-242
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Bulgarian