Bulgaria National Awakening Day

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AKA Name:Day of the Enlighteners, Bulgarian National Revival Day, National Enlightners Day, Ден на народните будители
Hashtags:#NationalDayOfPatriotism, #Ostavka
2019 Date:1 November 2019
2020 Date:1 November 2020
Bulgaria National Awakening Day

Bulgaria National Awakening Day History

National Awakening Day in Bulgaria, also known as Day of the Enlighteners, Bulgarian National Revival Day or National Enlightners Day, celebrates the founders of Bulgarian eduation, culture and religion.  The day also serves to commemmorate the historical period of National Revival. After nearly five centuries of Ottoman rule, during the 18th and 19th centuries, Bulgaria began to fight for its independence and liberation.  During this National Revival period, scholarly Bulgarians began the arduous task of reviving national pride, establishing appropriate schools and developing Bulgarian literature.

Bulgaria's National Awakening Day is celebrated annually on 1 November in remembrance of the Bulgarian visionaries and scholars that helped change the nation's history. The holiday became official in 1922 but like many other national holidays, it was suspended when Bulgaria was under Soviet rule. The holiday was reestablished after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1995.

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Bulgaria National Awakening Day Facts & Quotes

  • The day is traditionally used to give awards to teachers, actors and artists from all walks of life as a way to remember those in the past that provided such monumental contributions to Bulgaria.
  • The most popular Bulgarian intellectual leaders are John of Rila, Constantine of Kostenets, Gregory Tsamblak, Vladislav the Grammarian, Petar Parchevich, Petar Bogdan, Paissius of Hilendar, Neofit Bozveli, Neofit Rilski, Miladinov Brothers, Georgi Sava Rakovski, Vasil Levski, Hristo Botev, Stefan Karadzha, Hadzhi Dimitar, Lyuben Karavelov, Dobri Chintulov, Ivan Vazov, Grigor Parlichev and many others.
  • The holiday was celebrated for the first time in Plovdiv in 1990. Finally, on 1 November 1923, the King of Bulgaria officially proclaimed it.
  • While under Ottoman rule, the Empire's Turkish authorities suppressed Bulgarian's national pride and culture. Bulgaria had few terrible schools and no other educational insititutions in place to protect, preserve and pass on its cultural heritage. This sparked the National Revival period.
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela

Bulgaria National Awakening Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Give a gift to your teacher. Teachers play a main role in the dissemination of culture, heritage and national values.
  • Attend the massive parade in Sofia where you can catch a glimpse of huge portraits of the popular intellectual leaders behind this celebratory day.
  • 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.
  • Generate awareness on social media using hashtags such as #NationalEnlightenersDay, #BulgariaAwakeningDay and #NationalRevivalDay.
  • Celebrate Bulgaria by endulging in some of its traditional cuisine. Our favourites include: banitsa, kebapche, shopska salata, musaka, shkembe chorba and lyutenista.

Bulgaria National Awakening Day - References and Related Sites

National Enlighteners Day
National Awakening Day

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