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“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Celebrations and Rituals of the Students at University of Veliko Tarnovo (1963–1989)


Authors:
Mariya Zhelyazkova

Pages: 221-230

Abstract:

The report is about the holidays and rituals in the University of Veliko Turnovo between the years 1963–1989. It focuses the attention on the student holiday the holiday of the university, the spring homecoming and the torch marching. The text follows the main points in organizing and holding these events by the students in the old city. Its purpose is to distinguish those rituals-created by the young people- which go beyond the obligatory frame of the official holidayritual system and they are a tribute to the specifics of the student identity, its constants and varieties, when celebrating the dates of the student’s holiday calendar during the years of Communist regime in Bulgaria. Documents and materials from the library of the University, and oral evidence collected by the author during the held half-standardized interviews whit the University of Veliko Turnovo alumni.

Keywords:

celebrations, history, students, National student’s day, 24th of May, rituals, University of Veliko Tarnovo

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