- Usually, greetings in Bulgaria consist of a firm handshake, direct eye contact and the appropriate greeting for the time of day
- Initially, people address one another with Mr, Mrs or Ms followed by the surname. In order to make the address informal it is expected to ask for permission
- Only friends and family address each other with first names and a hug or kiss.
- Bulgarians shake their heads when they mean “Yes” and nod when they mean “No”
- Often Bulgarians perform a good-luck ritual by splashing water in front of a person who goes off to an important event (exam, meeting) and saying “Let the good luck goes with you as running water.”
- In public transportation, it is expected that younger people will give up a seat to the elderly or to a parent with a young child. Failure to do so invites public censure from other passengers
- If giving flowers as a gift avoid chrysanthemums, lilies or gladiolas as they are used at funerals
- Make sure the flowers are an odd number of stems. Even number of flowers are brought only to funerals
- Every third family in Bulgaria produces their own alcoholic drink (rakia, wine, etc.)
- Preparation for long winters includes drying of herbs and mushrooms, pickling of vegetables, making jams, etc.
Communication Skills for Integration of Migrants
The WelComm project aims at raising awareness of the importance of education for social inclusion of migrants from early age and promoting opportunities for equal start in education.