Bulgaria Independence Day

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AKA Name:Ден на независимостта на България
Hashtags:#BulgariaIndependenceDay
2019 Date:22 September 2019
2020 Date:22 September 2020
Bulgaria Independence Day

Bulgaria Independence Day History

Bulgaria's Independence Day celebrates the nation's independence from the Ottoman Empire. From 1396 to 1908, Bulgaria was part of the wide-spread Ottoman Empire. Over the course of the eighteenth century, uprisings, revolt and nationalism took a strong hold across Europe. As many other people began to fight for independence, Bulgaria began rising against the Ottoman Empire in the spring of 1876. Finally, the nation was liberated in 1878 and decades later, Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria officially declared independence on 22 Septemeber 1908.

Bulgaria's Independence Day is celebrated annually on 22 September 1908 in order to mark the official declaration of independence.

Bulgaria Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • Although it was not officially part of the USSR, Bulgaria's independence was taken away a few decades later as it was dominated by the Soviet Union from 1944 until its dissolution in 1991.
  • In 1908, Bulgaria used the Julian calendar until WW1 when it changed to the Gregorian calendar. 22 September in the Julian calendar is actually 5 October in the Gregorian one.
  • On 16 Septemeber 1946, following Soviet domination of Bulgaria, the royal family was exiled and monarchy was abolished.
  • In 1998, Independence Day in Bulgaria was restored by the nation's Parliament.
  • Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living? - Mahatma Ghandi

Bulgaria Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the city of Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgaria Empire and the site on which the nation's independence was declared.
  • Celebrate Bulgaria by endulging in some of its traditional cuisine. Our favourites include: banitsa, kebapche, shopska salata, musaka, shkembe chorba and lyutenista.
  • Generate awareness for the day on social media using hashtags such as #BugariasIndependence, #FreefromOttomanEmpire and #IndependenceDayBulgaria.
  • Watch a documentary about Bulgaria's rocky history in order to better understand the meaning of its Independence Day. Some of our suggestions include: The Bulgarians, Bulgarian History During the Centuries, The Bulgaria With Love, Goryani, The Liberators of Bulgaria and Bulgaria, My Land.
  • Attend the official speeches from the President and the wreath-laying ceremony in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bulgaria Independence Day References and Related Sites

bulgariatravel.org/data/doc/ENG_42-Nacionalni_praznci.pdf

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