is a large village (see About Momchilovtsi for facts
and figures) and, unlike many other villages in the Rhodope
Mountains and other parts of Bulgaria, it has many young people
It is a thriving, busy, very friendly
community with a very good mix of traditional and modern lifestyles,
amenities and activities. It has its own Internet Cafe, Town Hall,
Post Office, Night Club with several hotels, restaurants and shops
- in fact everything to support and entertain its residents and
traditions are celebrated in the Village Centre with visitors coming
from the far and wide. It also has its own dedicated sports centre
for summer and winter sports centre, walking, trekking and many
other leisure activities.
Although the lifestyle in Momchilovtsi
appears predominantly tranquil, easy going and relaxed it is not
without its hustle and bustle. Every morning the cafes in the village
centre are filled with people drinking coffee, passing the time
of day before they go off to work.
They are then followed by the parents who have just taken their
children to kindergarten or school and meet each other to discuss
the events of day.
also has its own kindergarten and school and there must be something
really special in the crystal clean air and pure clear water as
there are approximately 20 sets of twins who live in the village.
Listening the sound of children laughing and playing
outside on warm sunny days and evenings brings a smile to the
lips and a sense of well being.
Night time in Momchilovtsi is just
as lively as many people go out to eat and socialise in the restaurants.
Meals are eaten at a very leisurely, unhurried pace and a typical
meal starts with the Shopska salad accompanied by a glass of rakia.
Patatnik (made from local potatoes) is the local dish and the whole
procedure can last well into the small hours of the morning at weekends
on on Celebration days.
The nightclub, Oasis, it is also very popular
with young (and not so young). Many young people come from as
far as Smolyan and Plovdiv every Friday evening to dance and socialise
with the sound of music filling the night air.
an example of the traditional way of life, the months of June
and July herald the Haymaking season which is a very important
time of the year. To see how the men deftly
use the scythes with slow, definite sweeps, stopping only momentarily
to sharpen the blade, is like watching a work of great art being
Haymaking is not just a male dominated ritual.
The woman go to the fields, with pitchforks/rakes over their shoulders,
and spend the day raking the hay into uniform, neat mounds ready
You may also notice during this time that if the
cut and bundled hay is quickly covered with the plastic sheets
it is a guaranteed sign that it rain is on the way.
also play a very large part in the life of Momchilovtsi. As there
are no specific pastures for the sheep and cows to graze in it is
a common site to see the shepherds on the surrounding hills, minding
Another common site is seeing people
leading their cows and goats round the village on a piece of rope
to let them graze. These animals are very "street wise""
and often step onto the curb as you approach them in a car and then
return to the road when you have passed by.
the evening falls in Momchilovtsi the Crosses light up. When the
sky is inky black and all the stars are bright in the sky the Crosses
beam out across the village and can be seen from almost every home
in the village.
becomes more intense when the street lights go out at 11.30 every
night. It is is though you are being told that you too should be
tucked up in bed "under the stars and protection of the Crosses".
In the quietness of the night air and the magic of the thousands
of stars twinkling in the sky you feel that you are hidden away
safe and secure in a very special place and you are - because
you are in Momchilovtsi.