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18-12 The Festival of Roses




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This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev radev@tune.cs.columbia.edu with numerous contributions by others.

18-12 The Festival of Roses

(by Rossen Zlatev), last updated: 31-Dec-1991

The Festival of Roses is celebrated during the first half of June in the
Valley of Roses. Rose picking starts early, before dawn, while the roses
are still glistening with dew. The rose petals are picked before sunrise,
otherwise the precious fragrance will be lost. Two thousand petals are
needed for a single gram of attar of roses. On the international market
seventy per cent of rose attar comes from Bulgaria. It is bought by
all the famous perfumeries and is an essential component of the best
and most expensive perfumes.

 

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