Super Star Bulgarian Body Builder Lazar Angelov

Bulgaria is a country full of naturally big bulky men, which makes sense as to why the country has broken so many records in bodybuilding. Bulgarian Lazar Angelov is one of the wealthiest bodybuilders in the world. But he’s more than just a meathead. He’s a model, personal trainer, and entrepreneur. Lazar Angelov has a physique most people would kill for, and his 5.8 million fans on Instagram prove just that.

Before he became a body-builder, Lazar played pro-basketball for almost ten years. He was so athletic that when he was just twelve, he joined the junior national team of Bulgaria, and later played point guard for teams on the National Basketball Association of Bulgaria. When he turned eighteen, he joined the Bulgarian military and found his passion for body-building. Before he became an internet sensation for his washboard abs, he was a struggling security guard who couldn’t find enough time to work-out. Through his dedication, he was able to build a following and win competitions with his lean, natural physique.

As a Bulgarian body-builder myself, I was surprised to know that Lazar never used performance-enhancing drugs. Not only that, but he doesn’t even use natural supplements that can help with the production of testosterone. It’s not hard to tell, though, as his physique is more natural compared to those who use steroids. He’s big, but he’s not a huge bulky rock, you can see his lean muscle mass through his bulking regimen.

As there are few Bulgarian international celebrities, we at EUScoop are proud of our national body-building hero. From becoming a poor security guard to becoming a millionaire entrepreneur who owns fitness apps and meal plans, Lazar Angelov is someone we can all look up to.

Bulgarian Festivals You Have to Check Out

Mountains, fresh air, and a culture steeped in history. See if you can hang with Bulgarians and check out these up-and-coming festivals.

Meadows in the Mountains 2020.

June 4-7
Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

If you’re looking to get away from the city and its overly-populated festivals, check out Meadows in the Mountains. It’ll be located in the beautiful Rhodope Mountains. A favorite for hiking, rock music, culture, and traditional festivals, the Rhodope Mountains is one of the most scenic and popular destinations for traveling Bulgarians. Meadows in the Mountains will have four different stages, and the festival will offer wellness classes, food, drinks, and yoga! So check out this beautiful forest sanctuary and make sure to visit the stunning traditional villages along the way.

Bulgaria Rose Festival

June 5-8th 2020
Kazanluk, Bulgaria

Did you Bulgaria is responsible for up to 70% of the world’s rose production every year? The Festival of the Roses is one of the biggest traditional festivals held in Bulgaria every year. If you don’t think flowers are your thing, don’t worry, the Rose Festival showcases art, dance, theatre, poetry, and all types of knick-knacks and traditional foods.

The Rose Parade is the biggest parade in Bulgaria, with almost over 3,000 participants marching. You’ll see beautiful folk dancings and women as the Rose Queen coronation is what caps off the parade. Local high-schools select a senior to represent the school at the pageant. From there, the girls compete to become the Rose Queen. The Rose Festival is beautiful in that it shows a countries dedication and coming together in preserving a flower.

Kukeri Festival

Surva, Bulgaria

Rio, Brazil may have the biggest carnival according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but at EUScoop, we think the Kukeri Festival is the better festival if you’re interest lie in monsters and dancing.

Kukeri is an old Bulgarian tradition that is meant to chase away evil spirits. Traditionally men and boys would dress up in furs and animal skins and jump around with bells tied around their waist, but more and more women are joining in on the fun as well. The costumes are supposed to be so ugly that even a real monster would run away in fear. You’ll see beautiful masks made from wood, thread, animal fur, and teeth. If you look closely, you’ll notice that some people are dancing non-stop with heavy bells on, sometimes they can weigh up to 100 pounds! So get rid of the monsters in your life by checking out the Kukeri Festival in Surva.

Fire Dancing Festival, aka, Nestinarstvo.

June 3rd
Bulgari, Bulgaria

Fire dancing is one of Bulgaria’s oldest past-times. This was started by ancient Thracians to worship the Sun-god, and now there are very few communities that still practice this ritual. Fortunately for you around June 3rd every year, thousands of dare-devils will perform nestinari, the ritual of walking on fire. As Bulgaria has become more orthodox over time, the ceremony was done while holding icons of the saints Helen and Constantine. Many Bulgarians say performing the ritual brings them health, wealth, and fertility throughout the years.

International Folklore Festival Varna

July 2-7th
Varna, Bulgaria

If you’re tired of all the chalga music playing everywhere in Bulgaria and want to get a taste of real Bulgaria, check the International Folklore Festival in Varna this year. The festival isn’t just focused on Bulgarian culture, but in fact, also features folk music from around the world. Known as the Sea Capital of Bulgaria, Vargas is one of the most beautiful areas of Bulgaria, a hot-spot for trendy, young, jet setters. With it’s long tradition of folk music, you’ll won’t forget this one. Bulgarians love their traditional folk music and have even developed chalga music, a modern, dance-heavy, oriental belly-dancing influenced pop music. But this is far from that. You’ll see people in traditional wears, dancing to traditional music. Make sure you’re wearing your red and white to symbolize good luck and fortune.

What Is Chalga?

When you visit Bulgaria, you’ll notice a sound that seemingly comes out of nowhere, yet it is everywhere at the same time. It sounds like a mix of oriental and eastern European folk, set to a belly dancing rhythm. It can be heard in restaurants, town centers, and blasting out of passing cars. It’s called chalga.

The sound of chalga can vary from song to song because aside from the oriental and Bulgarian folk elements, there is also a modern component to it. Belly dancing is a must if you listen to chalga. Chalga song lyrics are filled with the typical sexual innuendos, falling in love, and heart break. Chalga seems to resonate with people of all ages because of it’s mix mas of both the new and old world.

Like many musical genres, listeners of chalga have created their own subculture of shiny clothes, lavish vacations, mini-skirts, high heels, and heavy makeup, much akin to the fist-pumping vibes of the Jersey Shore. A stereotype of chalga loving women are not that different from UK chavs, suntans, and breast implants. The men don the usual suspects that come with the GTL (gym, tan, laundry) lifestyle.

Chalga was born in 1989 after the fall of communism. When communism fell, so did the restrictions on broadcasting and pop music. A new, younger generation started performing more sexual-pop songs that would have never been allowed before, and it’s been a hit in Bulgaria ever since.

Chalga has taken over advertising, news, entertainment, schools, and even politics. The pop-folk seems to appeal to a nation of post-communist youth because of its glamorous lifestyle. So if you’re in Bulgaria, make sure you visit a chalga club and throw some napkins in the air, because you can’t avoid it!