May 24, TT'12


Held on May 24, Trinity Term 2012, Celebrating the Cyrillic Script was the very first of a series of events that OUBS plans to organize each term. The Trinity Term counterpart of OUBS's Three Events was this year organized right on the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day.

The event was held in Lady Brodie Room, St Hilda's College, and was attended by a somewhat unusually high for this busy time of academic year number of people. With a talk, given by Ivan Bonchev (one of OUBS's members), followed by a discussion over a glass of wine, the event was very much enjoyed.

As with each of the annual Three Events, the aim of the celebration was to bring forward a discussion of important cultural and historical issues, in this case - related to the invention and the importance of the Cyrillic script. The event's invitation and the talks's abstract are copied below.


On May 24th Bulgarian people celebrate the "Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day". Known also as "Saints Cyril and Methodius, Slavonic Enlighteners' Day", or simply as "Slavonic Literature and Culture Day", this day is celebrated by Macedonian, Slovak, Czech, and Russian people as well.

In 9th century AD, the two brothers Cyril and Methodius created the Glagolitic alphabet, which was developed during 10th century AD in the First Bulgarian Empire to become what is now one of the most widely used writing systems on the globe - the Cyrillic script.

Come and join Oxford University Bulgarian Society in a celebration of an invention of great importance, which as every writing system, had its immense and profound influence on Slavonic literature and culture in general.

The celebration will start with a talk, given by our very own Ivan Bonchev, and will be followed by a discussion over a glass of wine. The event is completely free, and everyone is welcome! (especially Polish people - just see what you are missing!)

See you on May 24th, 6pm, Lady Brodie Room, St Hilda's College!

Abstract: In a few days it will be May 24th - Day of the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and the Slavonic Script. Why do we celebrate this day - we all know the story as it is presented in the textbooks, but to what extent is it reliable? What are the historical facts and what can they tell us? What was the Bulgarian culture before and after the ninth century? How did we contribute by accepting, developing, and distributing the Slavonic script to other nations? These and many other questions will be discussed. I hope to get a good talk and to make a new interpretation of the Bulgarian history as well.