Quick Reference to Bulgarian National and Religious Holidays

The Sofia in Bulgaria.
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When traveling in Bulgaria be sure to note the occurrence of national and religious holidays. On these days, public institutions, shops, and restaurants may be closed.

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    January 1 - New Year's Day

    Bulgaria rings in the New Year with the rest of the world on January 1st. If you're in Sofia, head to Batenburg Square, where annual performances are held in honor of this holiday.


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    Baba Marta, or Grandmother March, is marked by the giving of red and white martenitsa.

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    March 3 - Liberation of Bulgaria Day

    Liberation of Bulgaria Day celebrates the establishment of the Bulgarian state in 1878. This holiday is marked with public ceremonies.

  • 04 of 09

    Easter is an important holiday in Bulgaria. Traditional foods are prepared and eaten, and eggs are dyed. Cracking eggs together is a common tradition that is said to predict coming wealth and success.

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  • 05 of 09

    May 1 - Labor Day

    Bulgaria's Labor Day has been celebrated since the middle of the 20th century and is marked as a day of rest.

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    May 24 - Day of Slavonic Education and Culture

    This day is also known as the Day of Slavonic Alphabet and Culture and the Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius. This day celebrates the Cyrillic alphabet and its developers, Cyril and Methodius. In the 9th century, these two Greek monks created this alphabet, a form of which is still in use today in Bulgaria.

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    September 6 - Unification Day

    This day celebrates the unification of Bulgaria with the province of Eastern Rumelia in the 19th century. The unification almost doubled Bulgaria's size. The day is marked with public ceremonies.

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    September 22 - Independence Day

    Bulgaria celebrates its independence from the Ottoman Empire, gained in 1908, on September 22. The day is marked with public ceremonies.

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  • 09 of 09

    Christmas in Bulgaria is celebrated over three days - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26, the second day of Christmas. Families enjoy Christmas customs and traditional foods.