Bulgarian Independence Day

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AKA NameДен на независимостта на България
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2024 Date22 September 2024
2025 Date22 September 2025

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Bulgaria's Independence Day commemorates the nation's struggle for liberation and the subsequent establishment of sovereignty from the Ottoman Empire. This day signifies Bulgaria's resurgence as an independent, self-governed state, which has significantly contributed to its socio-political stability and progress. The observance holds great importance for both the native citizens of this Southeastern European nation and the larger global community, as it highlights a valuable chapter in the region's history marked by an enduring quest for freedom, equality, and national identity.

The origins of Bulgaria's Independence Day can be traced back to the late 19th century when, after five centuries of Ottoman rule, Bulgaria declared its independence on September 22, 1908. This move greatly influenced the development of the Balkan region and set a precedent for other nations in their pursuit of self-determination. Bulgaria's Independence Day serves as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding European values, such as democracy, human rights, and rule of law. As a member of the EU since 2007, Bulgaria's autonomy and progress have directly benefited other member states through enhanced economic and political collaboration, as well as cultural exchange in various sectors.

Various Bulgarian associations and cultural centers across the EU organize events, such as traditional music and dance performances, art exhibitions, and food festivals, to showcase the richness of Bulgarian culture and strengthen ties among Bulgarian communities abroad. As a key date in Bulgaria's national calendar, Independence Day falls on September 22 each year and is observed as a public holiday in the country.

Top facts about Bulgarian Independence Day

  • On 16 September 1946, following Soviet domination of Bulgaria, the royal family was exiled and monarchy was abolished.

Bulgarian 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 indulging in some of its traditional cuisine. Our favourites include: banitsa, kebapche, shopska salata, Moussaka, shkembe chorba and ljutenica.

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