Bulgaria Liberation Day

Bulgaria Liberation Day Quick Facts

AKA Name:Day of Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Dominion, Ден на Освобождението на България от османско иго
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2020 Date:3 March 2020
2021 Date:3 March 2021
Bulgaria Liberation Day

Bulgaria Liberation Day History

Liberation Day, also known as Day of Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Dominion, celebrates the singing of the Peace Treaty of San Stefano. On 3 March 1878, following multiple battles, the Treaty that separated Bulgaria's lands into two parts (Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia) was signed in the small village of San Stefano. Although Bulgaria was not granted independence, its territory was returned and half became a vassal principality and other an autonomous province. Bulgaria would have to wait another three decades for its independence.

Liberation Day in Bulgaria is celebrated annually on 3 March in order to mark the end of the Russo-Turkish War and the establishment of the Bulgarian State. The holiday began in 1888 however it wasn't until 1990 that it was declared an official holiday and is often celebrated as Bulgaria's National Day.

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Bulgaria Liberation Day Facts & Quotes

  • The Treaty of San Stefano was later invalidated and replaced by the Berlin Treaty.
  • Bulgaria gained its freedom and was liberated from the Ottoman Empire with help from the Russian Army.
  • Although the Ottoman Empire grew and shrunk, at its height, it encompassed all of South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Northern Africa and present day Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Syria.
  • On 24 April 1877, Russia formally declared war on the Ottoman Empire in an effort to assist Bulgarians in their plight for liberation.
  • When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw. - Nelson Mandela

Bulgaria Liberation Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit Shipka Pass in the Balkan Mountains. This city throws large street celebrations to mark the liberation as it was one of the cities that was home to decisive battle during the war.
  • Attend the Liberation Day ceremony in Sofia. The day is marked by political speeches and the laying of wreaths on the tombs of unknown soldiers. Bring a wreath and participate in the memorial service for those who gave their lives in the Russo-Turkish war.
  • Celebrate Bulgaria by endulging in some of its traditional cuisine. Our favourites include: banitsa, kebapche, shopska salata, musaka, shkembe chorba and lyutenista.
  • Generate awareness on social media using hashtags such as #LiberationDay, #RussoTurkishWar and #LiberateBulgaria.
  • 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.

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