Bulgaria Announces Last 2007, First 2008 Babies' NamesBulgaria Announces Last 2007, First 2008 Babies' Names
Organizers of the nationwide campaign "Baby of the Year" announced Thursday the names of the first and last children born on the threshold of the New Year.
The first 2008 new-born girl is called Spasimira. She took her first breath a minute after midnight on January 1 in the town of Pazardzhik.
Half an hour earlier, on December 31, 2007, Yanislava was born in the seaside city of Varna.
At a special ceremony to be held in Sofia's Central Military Club on January 27, Bulgaria's Culture Minister Stefan Danailov will bless baby Spasimira. Destiny-maker of the young lady Yanislava will be the EU Consumers Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva.
The two babies will receive a lot of presents as well as the golden medallions that are symbols of the campaign.
A total of 78,592 babies were born during the last year, 4,097 more than those, who took first breath in 2006.
Those 299, who cried out in the last 2007 and first 2008 minutes, competed in the traditional race, organized by the Bulgarian "9 months" magazine.
The nationwide campaign "Baby of the Year" takes place for the 9th time in a bid to boost birth rates.