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House of Humour and Satire

Town of Gabrovo

1st April

 

     Coming into the world on April 1st, 1972, the House of Humour and Satire (HHS) is a proud successor of the local folklore humour and the merry carnival traditions of the town of Gabrovo – the Bulgarian capital of humour. Today it is an international cultural centre that successfully combines both the features of a museum and those of a busy art gallery. The House of humour and satire is a place that serves not only to perpetuate the celebrated Gabrovo anecdotes, but it also is a meeting ground of examples of contemporary humorous and satirical art from all over the world.
Its motto is: “The world lasts because it laughs”. The House of humour and satire traces, preserves and popularizes humour from all nations and of all genres: painting, drawing, sculpture, literature, film, theatre, music, photography and etc. It holds international humour events, exhibitions, concerts, performances, children’s parties and encourages both young and established artists to create humorous works.
The building of the HHS rises on the foundations of an old tannery, and houses 10 exhibition rooms of an overall area of 8,000 sq.m. Placed in front of it are: the sculpture of Charlie Chaplin who looks ironically at the world; the figures of the popular characters of Miguel de Servantes, which are made of Gabrovo metal scrap, and Hitar Petar (a famous Bulgarian character known for his brightness and wit), who has mounted his donkey backwards and smiles spitefully at the passers by.

    Otherwise, the humour capital of Bulgaria has already secured its future reserving an extraterrestrial piece of land - just in case. It is GABROVO planet, a small asteroid discovered on April 1st, 1976 and named after the town that has become famous for its folklore humour and traditions.

  The Carnival of Humour and Satire
    Present day Gabrovo carnival of humour is firmly rooted in old-time local
traditions and festivities like Oleliynya and the fancy-dress parties of the 1920s. This singular carnival made possible the integration of Gabrovo town into the large family of carnival cities and members of the Foundation of European Carnival Cities. Held annually in May, the carnival procession draws thousands of guests and participants from Bulgaria and abroad. The emblematic Gabrovo cat ceremoniously gets its tail cut off thus giving a start to the procession and leading off the joyous, boisterous and motley columns of dressed up people along the city streets. In high spirits and masked, you are welcome to join us on May 16, 2009.

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Hitar Petar

Charlie Chaplin

Carnival

Carnival

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In the past as well as at present to be born in Gabrovo is next to a privilege.

 

    The citizens of Gabrovo are both good at moneysaving and bargaining, for economy runs in their veins; they know how to get something out of nothing - an invaluable lesson taught by their ancestors; upon the very hint of a crisis they set their sense of humour going, for they are left with no other alternative. Numerous anecdotes are told about this shrewd and most careful with money part of the Bulgarian population.
It is said of the Gabrovians that …
… They cut off the tails of their cats so they can close the door quickly and save heat when letting a cat out; hence, the black cat with a cut-off tail has turned into a long-lasting symbol of Gabrovo town.
… They fit taps to the eggs to tap as much as they need and no more for a soup, for a whole egg seems too much to them;
… At night they stop their clocks to save wear on the cog-wheels;
… They put green spectacles on their donkeys' noses when they feed them shavings so as to make the poor beasts think that it is hay;
… They sweat both in the smithy and in the market place - when bargaining;
… When they invite people to tea, they heat the knives so the guests can't get any butter;
… To save money on sweeps, they let a cat down the chimney;
… When something new is being done somewhere, it has already being done in Gabrovo.

 
What to see in the House

  • THE ROOTS OF THE GABROVO HUMOUR – permanent exhibition

  • THE GABROVO PLANET – children's entertainment room

  • ART FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD – paintings, black and white drawings, caricatures, sculptures, posters.

  • CARNIVAL MASKS AND COSTUMES

  • AFRICAN ART – authentic ritual masks and sculptures

  • HEAVEN through the eyes of the Adam and Eve of Gabrovo

  • HELL – satiric wall paintings from twenty Bulgarian monasteries

  • PHOTO-LAUGHTER – smiles from old and new photos

  • DISTORTING MIRRORS

  • LAUGHTER PARK representing monumental sculptures of Hitar Petar, Don Quixote and Sancho Pansa, Charles Chaplin, the Tower of Babel, etc.

      Opening 9.00 – 18.00

          from 1 April  to 31 October:  all days of the week, inc. Saturday and Sunday

          from 1 November to 31 March:  all days of the week, excluding Sunday

          HHS is closed for visitors for the official holidays of the Republic of Bulgaria.

 
 

Derisive Bulgarian Proverbs

 
“Once, children began to see only on the 40th day of their birth, today’s children begin to see as soon as they’re born”, claims a piece of popular wisdom, admitting with some degree of irony the manner in which every new generation gets ahead of previous ones. The balloon of young people’s excessive self-confidence in that they know more and better than preceding generations is easily punctured by proverbs like the following: ”You can’t teach your father how babies are sired” or ”You can’t teach your granny how to look after a baby” or ”Don’t preach to the Reverend how to christen babies”. This eternal young-old confrontation seems to have somehow been reconciled in pieces of wisdom such as: ”Don’t ask advice of he who’s old, but of he who’s suffered”, which should mean that it is not necessarily age but worldly experience that earns man his wisdom.
    “Let me be king, though I may go hungry” is a proverb, arguably ridiculing people nourishing unrealistic ambitions. Man’s eternal hankering after elevated social status, power and honours seems to be lurking in the heart and mind of even the poorest of men, popular wisdom admits tongue-in-cheek, nurturing every man’s illusory hopes that his moment of success and glory lies ahead. “A regal beard to a dunce head”, is another merciless commentary on groundless dreams. Public opinion, especially so in once small rural communities where everyone knows everyone else, cannot easily be misled. Any attempt at exaggerating one’s best character assets are made fun of: “Get me married far away from my mother so that I can blow my own trumpet”.
   The proverbial Bulgarian hospitality prescribed that anyone knocking on one’s door, even a stranger, should be welcomed. But one would not be expected to outstay one’s hospitality, warn proverbs not mincing words “Two days are too long for a guest to stay”. There is a very simple yardstick rule for welcome and unwelcome visitors. “Don’t visit where you’re hated, don’t visit once too often where you are welcome”, it says. It seems there have always been the mandatory sly-boots, seeking to make the best of someone’s hospitality, never planning to return it. “Let’s go have a drink at your place and a song at mine”, this is how sponging would be ridiculed. “Doing a wake with somebody else’s cake” pokes fun at false generosity at someone else’s expense. Popular wisdom goes a step further to criticize also those allowing to be used. There is a Bulgarian proverb, common across the entire country, which sounds like this. “He is not daft who ate the leek pasty, but he who gave it to him”.
   It is only too natural that down-to-earth popular sensibilities should praise anyone capable of making the best of any situation. “More will not give you headaches”, the people say and then hasten to jeer at the utter lack of enterprise and multiplying one’s gains. Listen to the following saying: “He sold his horse to buy a saddle, he then sold the saddle to buy reins and then he sold the reins to buy a tobacco pouch”. This goes in general for the inability to take a proper view of winning and losing ventures in life. There is an entire folk story about a fool-of-a-man who exchanged “a horse for a chicken”. And this has remained as a proverbial line, referred to till date.

 

Some More Bulgarian Proverbs and Sayings - (literal translation)
 
BETTER the grave than a slave.
IT is easier to fondle lassies, than to cut timbers.
THE SLUGGARD works twice, the niggard pays twice.
NOT EVERY nun becomes Mother Superior.
TOO many barbers would be ready to shave the beard of a beardless man.
IT is easy to be the father of children already born.
WRIGGLING hands like young bride's legs.
WHERE shepherds are lots, sheep are lost.
BAD weather gets better, a bad man never does.
THE BAD tax-collector will sell one of your oxen, the good one - both.
WHY didn't the midwife, who cut your naval string, cut your head instead.
THE SUN shines on mud, but does not get muddy.
WATER washes up everything but shame.
TELL the blind he is eyeless, and he will get mad at you.
THE DOG barks to keep itself, not the village.
IF GOD should listen to rooks, he should send a plague to horses.
HE who undertakes too many jobs does none.
HE that flies high falls low down.
AN HAUGHTY person will not reach down to take his own nose if it had fallen to the ground.
GIVE me money to buy myself a purse to put my money in.
THEY do not want him in the village, he asks for the priest's house.
THE BLIND hen, when it sees again, wants even to mount the cock.
THE CHICKEN teaches the hen to lay eggs.
THE MEEK lamb sucks from two mothers.
WE had a dog, it helped the wolf.
THE STRONGHOLD is taken from within.
EMBRACE the snake and it will bite you.
HE who gets angry, grows old fast.
BURNING the quilt because of the fleas.
THE HUMP is straightened only by the grave.
THE DONKEY, though it may go to the Holy Land, will still come back a donkey.
BURNING the poor man's candles, counting the rich man's money.
FLIES plough the ox' horns.
HE that has a hawk, has three hundred partridges.
HE who gives much, will soon start begging.
YOU only be a sheep, wolves will be found.
THE MOSQUITO weighs 99 kilos on his own scale.
GOOD swimmers are more often drowners.
UNFENCED garden - fenced in desert.
HELL is also made for people.
I GAVE UP smoking, smoking would not give me up.
A SINGLE hand cannot wash itself even in the Danube river.
THE SPARROWS quarrel over somebody's else millet.
WHAT the devil is unable to do, he asks a woman to do.
GO hunting for rabbits - be eaten by wolves.
MANY people wash their hands to have dinner with the bishop, few sit down to his table.
HE who steals the minaret shall find a case to hide it.
WHEN the sea turned to honey, the poor man lost his spoon.
EVERY tree has its worm to eat it.
HE that sleeps with a dog, should bear its fleas.
THERE is no boneless fish.
HE who lies, hangs from a gallows - he who does not, hangs twice.
ONE learns as long as one lives and still dies a fool.
THE DRUM is large but empty.
WHEN given a kingdom, the gypsy asks: what about bread?
FOR the blind sellers there are blind buyers.
WATCH your step when you walk: you may find nothing but you will not stumble.
IF your neighbour's house is on fire, make haste to put out the fire in your own house.
WITH a king it is the same as with fire - stay neither close by, nor too far away.
DO not put all eggs in one basket.
DRAW water from the new well, but do not spit in the old one.
IF you are going to drown, do not try it in shallow water.
HE who buys what he does not need, sells what he needs.
HE that wills not to feed a cat, feeds the mice.
THREE hundred ravens are scattered by one stone.
MAN is harder than a stone and more brittle than an egg.
IF you break the fast, better eat pork, not curds.
TO the donkey thorns taste better than hay.
BECAUSE of John hating St. John.
EYES see everything but themselves.
GRAVEDIGGERS have their own gravediggers too.
IF ONLY youth had knowledge and old age ability!
THE OLD man is not asked where he aches, but why he does not ache there.
A GOOD son needs no inheritance, the bad needs none.
THE OLDER one marries, the longer the nights.
LIFE is a stairway - some are going up, others are going down.
DEATH is closer than the shirt.
HE that believes in dreams, pastures the winds.
BLESSED wine, cursed drinking!
THE FIRST glass is for health, second - for joy, third - for fun, the fourth - for madness.
IF THE PRIEST is used to get drunk, the people does not sober at all.
THE WEALTHY man has even his crow laying him eggs.
MONEY tempts women, women tempt men.
HUNGER is a bigger master than the king.
HE that feels sorry for the shoe, loses the horse.
HE who keeps his old clothes, gains new ones too.
YOU monk, do you want us to give you in marriage?
THE SEA has decided to drown itself in the river.
BANDAGE your finger, take a walk in the village to see how many medical people you meet!
A WORD makes no hole, a pinch tears no underskirt.
A JOKE may have children born.

 

What superstitious Bulgarians consider to be a SIN  ....

1. To give a child a spoon to play with.
2. To give away or sell a loaf of bread without breaking a piece from it.
3. Not to fumigate with incense the flour when it is brought from the mill (particularly if the mill be kept by a Turk), in order to prevent the Devil entering into it.
4. To wash a child before he has come to the (canonical) age of reason, that is to say, seven years.
5. To sell flour before making a loaf from it.
6. To clean a stable, sell milk, or fetch water from the fountain after dusk.
7. To allow a dog to sleep on the roof of the house, as this gravely imperils the soul of any defunct member of the family.
8. Not to throw some water out of every bucket brought from the fountain, as some elementary spirit might otherwise be floating on the surface of the water, and, not being thrown out, take up his abode in the house, or enter into the body of any one who drank from the vessel.

 

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