Buglaria Program January 2012 Update

We are delighted to announce our first placement since the program reopened in 2009!  At the end of December a sibling set of three, ages 9, 8 and 7 arrived home from Nova Zagora, Bulgaria.  They join their parents and 2 older sisters, who were adopted previously through Spence-Chapin’s.  Overall the family was pleased with the process and provided us with wonderful feedback about our Bulgarian counterpart agency, Anido Association. Spence-Chapin now has 15 families with dossiers registered at the Ministry of Justice and several additional families who are in the home study process preparing to adopt from Bulgaria.

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Cultural Events  - Bulgaria Christmas celebrations are known as ‘Koleda.’ They start almost a week ahead and last until the New Year. Bulgarians celebrate with traditional foods after the Advent fast. Walnuts are a necessary component to the Bulgarian Christmas meal. Each member of the family cracks one in order to determine their fate for the next year - a good one brings a successful year; bad luck is predicted for the person who cracks a bad nut.

Another Bulgarian Christmas Eve dinner tradition involves hiding a coin in the loaf of Christmas bread. The person who finds the coin can also expect good luck in the year to follow.

The New York City Golden Festival: Jan. 13 & 14, 2012 New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind, celebrates 27 years of live Balkan, Roma (“Gypsy”) music and beyond. The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn.