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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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.
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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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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