Bulgaria Liberation Day around the world in 2020

Bulgaria Liberation Day around the world in 2020
  How long until Bulgaria Liberation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 261 days.
  Dates of Bulgaria Liberation Day around the world
2020BulgariaMar 3
Bulgaria Tue, Mar 3National Holiday
2019BulgariaMar 3, Mar 4
Bulgaria Mon, Mar 4National Holiday
Bulgaria Sun, Mar 3National Holiday
2018BulgariaMar 3, Mar 5
Bulgaria Mon, Mar 5National Holiday (in lieu)
Bulgaria Sat, Mar 3National Holiday
2017BulgariaMar 3
Bulgaria Fri, Mar 3National Holiday
2016BulgariaMar 3, Mar 4
Bulgaria Fri, Mar 4National Holiday (bridge day)
Bulgaria Thu, Mar 3National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the date of the signing the Treaty of San Stefano on 3 March 1878. This peace treaty ended the Russo-Turkish War and proclaimed Bulgaria as an independent state.

When is Bulgarian Liberation Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on 3rd March.

This holiday is Bulgaria's national day and honours the Bulgarian volunteers who, during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 with the assistance of Russian and Romanian forces, liberated Bulgaria from almost 500 years of Ottoman rule.

History of Bulgarian Liberation Day

The date of 3 March marks the date of the signing the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878.

This peace treaty ended the war and was signed between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, which proclaimed Bulgaria as an independent state, albeit a vassal state within the Ottoman Empire.

Bulgaria had become part of the Ottoman Empire in 1396. In the late nineteenth century, a growing tide of nationalism had been spreading across Europe, which had been threatening the break up of the western parts of the Ottoman Empire.

In April 1876, uprisings in other parts of the Ottoman Empire spread to Bulgaria. The suppression of the revolts by the Ottomans was horrific and when the atrocities were made public to the West and Russia, international condemnation was widespread. On 24 April 1877, Russia formally declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

How is Bulgarian Liberation Day celebrated?

This holiday is a welcome holiday at the start of spring and it traditionally marked by ceremonies across Bulgaria, particularly in those towns and cities which saw the fiercest fighting in the war.

Shipka pass in the Balkan Mountains is at the centre of celebrations marking the key battle that took place there. In Sofia, there will be church services, wreath laying and a military march to honour those who gave their lives in the war.

3 March became Bulgaria's Liberation Day in 1888, though it took until 1978 before it gained its National Day of Bulgaria status and was formally decreed as an official holiday in 1990.

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