Independence Day in Bulgaria in 2021

Independence Day in Bulgaria in 2021

  How long until Independence Day?
Independence Day
  Dates of Independence Day in Bulgaria
2022 Bulgaria Thu, Sep 22 National Holiday
2021 Bulgaria Wed, Sep 22 National Holiday
2020 Bulgaria Tue, Sep 22 National Holiday
2019 Sep 22, Sep 23
BulgariaMon, Sep 23National Holiday (in lieu)
BulgariaSun, Sep 22National Holiday
2018 Sep 22, Sep 24
BulgariaMon, Sep 24National Holiday (in lieu)
BulgariaSat, Sep 22National Holiday

Bulgarian Independence Day marks Bulgaria's independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1908

  Local name
Ден на независимостта на България

When is Bulgarian Independence Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on 22 September. Known locally as 'Ден на независимостта', it marks Bulgaria's independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1908.

History of Bulgarian Independence Day

Bulgaria had been part of the Ottoman Empire since 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. In 1877, Russia formally declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The conflict eventually resulted in the creation of a Bulgarian principality within the Ottoman Empire, albeit with reduced land.

Following a war with Serbia, the principality extended its area in the region and on 22 September 1908, Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria declared Bulgaria’s independence from the Ottoman Empire.

In 1908, Bulgaria was still using the Julian calendar, so the declaration of independence was made on 5 October using that calendar.

In 1944, Bulgaria became part of the Soviet Union, and only became an independent republic in 1991. It wasn't until 1998, when the the Bulgarian Independence Day was reinstated by the Bulgarian Parliament.

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