site.btaFolklore Groups from USA, Canada Take Part in Bulgarian Kanatitza Festival in North America
Folklore groups from the United States and Canada participated in the Bulgarian Festival "Kanatitza" in North America, the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Toronto announced on its Facebook page.
According to the post, on Independence Day - September 22 - more than 400 people from more than 15 different destinations in the United States and Canada took part in the first-ever Festival of Bulgarian Embroidery "Kanatitza" in North America, organized with the help of the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Toronto and the Bulgarian-Canadian Society of British Columbia. The festival is named "Kanatitza" - an element of Bulgarian embroidery, and has become one of the popular events of the past weekend in the Vancouver-British Columbia area.
The event was held over three days and participants included folk groups from cities across the United States - Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and from Canada - Toronto, Montreal, Kitchener, Calgary and Vancouver.
Official guests of the event were Senator Yonah Martin, who is the co-chair of the friendship group with Bulgaria and a great supporter of the Bulgarian diaspora in the province of British Columbia, and Bulgarian Ambassador to Canada Plamen Georgiev.
The Bulgarian Ambassador presented Senator Martin with the Order of the Madara Horseman, Second Class, and congratulated her for her many years of active work with the Bulgarian community, as well as for her services to the excellent bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Canada.
Certificates of merit were awarded to the participants by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Agency for the Bulgarians Abroad.