Mahyas to light up Turkish mosques during Ramadan

Only hours before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, mahyas were hung in significant mosques of Turkey's northwest cities such as Istanbul, Edirne and Bursa, which once served as Ottoman capitals.

Turkey's General Directorate of Foundations continued the hundreds of year old tradition of hanging mahyas to significant mosques this year as well.

Bulgaria: With New Order Prime-Minister Closed Shopping Centers Only After Few Hours

Yesterday, just a few hours after the authorities allowed the independent sites in the shopping centers with direct access, to be able to continue their activities, this measure were revoked.

 By order of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, the Minister of Economy revoked the Instructions for large retail sites issued earlier yesterday, the Ministry of Economy announced.

Cyprus Covid-19 restrictions further lifted

Restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus in Cyprus are being further lifted, following a downward trend in infections.

Starting Monday, all private and public schools will reopen for classes, along with archaeological sites and museums.

Retail commerce is also being relaunched, with the inclusion of malls and shopping centers.

Neighborhood musicians play for passers-by in Thessaloniki

Musicians perform from their balconies on Alexandros Svolos Street in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, on December 30, 2020. The event, dubbed the "Inter-balcony concert in the neighborhood of Alexandros Svolos," is an initiative by local residents for the festive season, after public events were banned due to a nationwide lockdown that is currently expected to end in January 7, 2021.

Bulgaria: Remarkable Roman Villa Discovered Near Dolna Kremena Village

Excavations of the Roman villa near the village of Dolna Kremena (Mezdra region) began in 1972, as a statue with two faces (the so-called Hermi- after the god Hermes) was discovered here. It is established that this is a classic-style villa with a rectangular plan and three wings, located around a large courtyard with a total area of 1340 sq.m.