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Santa Claus asks the children how they have behaved throughout the year before giving them gifts on December 22, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.
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Irish Demaree, human resources specialist at Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria speaks with schoolchildren in a local village on December 22, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited in local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions, and learn about the cultures.








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Irish Demaree, human resources specialist at Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria speaks with schoolchildren in a local village on December 22, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited in local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions, and learn about the cultures.
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US Army soldiers and personnel stationed in the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria pose for a group photo at a local school on December 16, 2021. Novo training area personnel Selo was invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions, and learn about the cultures.








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US Army soldiers and personnel stationed in the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria pose for a group photo at a local school on December 16, 2021. Novo training area personnel Selo was invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions, and learn about the cultures.
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Soldiers and US Army personnel stationed in the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria observe Bulgarian Christmas traditions at a local school on December 22, 2021. Training area personnel de Novo Selo was invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.








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Soldiers and US Army personnel stationed in the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria observe Bulgarian Christmas traditions at a local school on December 22, 2021. Training area personnel de Novo Selo was invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.
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NOVO SELO TRAINING ZONE, Bulgaria – Support staff from the Novo Selo training area with members of the US Army and Bulgarian services shared Bulgarian Christmas traditions at local schools in Kamen and Mokren, Bulgaria, December 16-22.

The outreach opportunity was a continuation of the shared relationship between local villages and the military training area to foster and support a culture based on trust and knowledge of the cultures, characteristics and backgrounds of both communities.

School pupils described the preparation of Bulgarian homes, including a table set for visitors with an odd number of vegetarian dishes after the climax of a 40-day meat-based fast, which ends on Christmas Eve . Children performed traditional Bulgarian songs, poems and dances for their guests before the arrival of the koledari.

“The koledari, or Christmas carers, go from house to house in Bulgarian villages,” said Petnya Georgieva, the Bulgarian community liaison at NSTA. “From midnight on Christmas Eve, these groups of singers made up of young men dressed in traditional costumes varying slightly from region to region, arrive singing to wish good health, wealth and prosperity, and to protect the house against evil spirits, with their songs. They are rewarded with food before moving to the next house.

After the kids were done singing and dancing, Santa Claus arrived. The staff at the Novo Selo training area helped Santa Claus distribute gifts to the students.




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Sgt. Scott Wendt, 1050th Engineer Detachment (Fire Fighting), delivers gifts to children at a local school near Novo Selo, Bulgaria, December 16, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited in local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions, and learn about the cultures. ” data-src=”https://api.army.mil/e2/c/images/2021/12/27/086e3f5e/size0-full.jpg”/>








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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Scott Wendt, 1050th Engineer Detachment (Fire Fighting), delivers gifts to children at a local school near Novo Selo, Bulgaria, December 16, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited in local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions, and learn about the cultures.
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Soldiers and US Army personnel stationed in the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria observe the Bulgarian Christmas tradition at a local school on December 16, 2021. Training area personnel de Novo Selo was invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.








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Soldiers and US Army personnel stationed in the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria observe the Bulgarian Christmas tradition at a local school on December 16, 2021. Training area personnel de Novo Selo was invited to local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.
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James Adamski, deputy garrison director of Novo Selo training area, Bulgaria, gives gifts to children at a local school on December 22, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited in local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.








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James Adamski, deputy garrison director of Novo Selo training area, Bulgaria, gives gifts to children at a local school on December 22, 2021. Staff from the Novo Selo training area have been invited in local schools to share and exchange holiday traditions and learn about local culture.
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“Community outreach is extremely important,” said James Adamski, deputy garrison director for NSTA, “we will be back to visit the school and students again. “

The United States is honored to continue its long-term cooperation and cultural engagements with Bulgaria as a strategic ally that continues to demonstrate leadership from the Black Sea region to the Balkan region.

The United States values ​​Bulgaria as a steadfast and gracious host to the regionally dispersed forces in the Novo Selo training area, which provides units with first-class facilities, contributing to the forces’ overall combat readiness. American and Allied.

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