Public Holidays in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is an Orthodox Catholic country, but it doesn't celebrate the swathe of Saints' days that some other Catholic countries (e.g. Spain) do. As well as the major Christian holidays, Bulgaria focuses on its own history, culture and military talent.

Bulgarian public holidays – 2018

DayDateHolidayNotes
Monday01 JanuaryNew Year's Dayнова година. The first day of the year!
Saturday03 MarchLiberation DayДен на Освобождението на България от османско робство. The date of the signing the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878, which marked Bulgaria as an independent state - although it remained a vassal state within the Ottoman Empire.
Friday06 AprilGood Friday (Orthodox)добър петък. A major Christian holiday, commemorating Christ's death. Moveable date.
Sunday08 AprilEaster Sunday (Orthodox)Великден. A major Christian Holiday commemorating Christ's resurrection. Moveable date.
Monday09 AprilEaster Monday (Orthodox)Велики понеделник. An extra day off after Easter.
Tuesday01 MayLabour DayДен на труда. A global public holiday, also called May Day or International Worker's Day. A celebration of workers' rights and achievements.
Sunday06 MaySt George's DayГергьовден, ден на храбростта и Българската армия. The day of the Bulgarian army.
Thursday24 MaySaints Cyril and Methodius Day/Culture and Literacy DayДен на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменос. Saints Cyril and Methodius are credited with developing the Glagolitic alphabet - which later developed into the Cyrillic alphabet.
Thursday06 SepemberUnification DayДен на Съединението. A celebration of the 1885 unification of Eastern Rumelia (previously Ottoman) and the Principality of Bulgaria.
Saturday22 SepemberIndependence DayДен на независимостта на България. Celebrating the independence of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire, in 1908.
Monday24 DecemberChristmas EveБъдни вечер. A wide-spread Christian holiday - the night before Christ's birth.
Tuesday25 DecemberChristmasРождество Христово. A very important Christian Holiday - the birth of Christ.
Wednesday26 DecemberSecond Christmas dayРождество Христово. Bulgaria celebrates two days of Christmas, both known as Christmas Day.

 

Bulgarian public holidays – 2019

DayDateHolidayNotes
Tuesday01 JanuaryNew Year's Dayнова година
Sunday03 MarchLiberation DayДен на Освобождението на България от османско робство
Monday04 March Liberation Day HolidayBecause Liberation Day falls on a Sunday, the Monday is a holiday.
Friday26 AprilGood Friday (Orthodox)добър петък
Sunday28 AprilEaster Sunday (Orthodox)Великден
Monday29 AprilEaster Monday (Orthodox)Велики понеделник
Wednesday01 MayLabour DayДен на труда
Monday06 MaySt George's DayГергьовден, ден на храбростта и Българската армия
Friday24 MaySaints Cyril and Methodius Day/Culture and Literacy DayДен на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменос
Friday06 SeptemberUnification DayДен на Съединението
Sunday22 SeptemberIndependence DayДен на независимостта на България
Monday23 SeptemberIndependence Day HolidayBecause Independence Day falls on a Sunday, the Monday is a holiday.
Tuesday24 DecemberChristmas EveБъдни вечер
Wednesday25 DecemberChristmasРождество Христово
Thursday26 DecemberSecond Christmas dayРождество Христово

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