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  • On 1 January 2007, Bulgaria and Romania have officially become part of the European Union. The European Union now boasts 27 nations and 490 million people.

  • Bulgaria will be the second EU country, after Greece, to use a non-Latin alphabet and the first to use Cyrillic, which originated in the medieval Bulgarian Empire.

  • 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community (EEC), the forerunner of the European Union.

  • There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.

  • St. Valentine's Day has connection with the term "fertility" because it is on the 14th of February when even before the birth of Saint Valentine, the birds used to mate with their partners.

  • Baba Marta (meaning Grandma Marta in English) is a holiday unique to Bulgaria celebrated on March 1 every year. This day is a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of springtime. Bulgarians give each other "Martinitsi" (singular "Martenitsa") made of simply twisted red and white threads. They are either pinned on the clothes or worn like bracelets. The Martenitsa is a sign of health and good luck.
  • March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2008 (March 20, 05:48 Universal Time), the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (vernal denotes "spring"). For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox. (来源:英语学习门户网站EnglishCN.com)

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    Literally, equinox means "equal night." Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes.
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