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Public Holidays in Bulgaria

This guide was written by Francine Carrel, Assistant Editor of Guides.Global (office@guides.global).

It was written on 11 December 2017. The law and practice in Bulgaria change all the time. Our guides are updated as frequently as possible - typically every three years - but may be out of date.

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The scope of this guide

This guide lists, and briefly describes, the Bulgarian public holidays in 2017 and 2018.

Introduction

Bulgaria is an Orthodox Catholic country, but it doesn't celebrate the swathe of Saints' days that, say, Spain does. As well as the major Christian holidays, Bulgaria focuses on its own history, culture and military talent.

Public holidays in Bulgaria - 2017

 Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday 1 January New Year's Day нова година. The first day of the year!
Monday 2 January Extra holiday for New Year's An extra day off because New Year's Day fell on a Sunday.
Friday 3 March Liberation Day Ден 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.
Friday 14 April Good Friday (Orthodox) добър петък. A major Christian holiday, commemorating Christ's death. Moveable date.
Sunday 16 April Easter Sunday (Orthodox) Великден. A major Christian Holiday commemorating Christ's resurrection. Moveable date.
Monday 17 April Easter Monday (Orthodox) Велики понеделник. An extra day off after Easter.
Monday 1 May Labour Day Ден на труда. A global public holiday, also called May Day or International Worker's Day. A celebration of workers' rights and achievements.
Monday 8 May St George's Day Гергьовден, ден на храбростта и Българската армия. The day of the Bulgarian army.
Wednesday 24 May Saints Cyril and Methodius Day/Culture and Literacy Day Ден 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.
Wednesday 6 September Unification Day Ден на Съединението. A celebration of the 1885 unification of Eastern Rumelia (previously Ottoman) and the Principality of Bulgaria.
Friday 22 September Independence Day Ден на независимостта на България. Celebrating the independence of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire, in 1908.
Sunday 24 December Christmas Eve Бъдни вечер. A wide-spread Christian holiday - the night before Christ's birth.
Monday 25 December Christmas Рождество Христово. A very important Christian Holiday - the birth of Christ.
Tuesday 26 December Second Christmas day Рождество Христово. Bulgaria celebrates two days of Christmas, both known as Christmas Day.
Wednesday 27 December Extra day of Christmas Because Christmas Eve fell on a Sunday

Independence Day Parade

Public holidays in Bulgaria - 2018

 Day Date Holiday Notes
Monday 1 January New Year's Day нова година. The first day of the year!
Saturday 3 March Liberation Day Ден 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.
Friday 6 April Good Friday (Orthodox) добър петък. A major Christian holiday, commemorating Christ's death. Moveable date.
Sunday 8 April Easter Sunday (Orthodox) Великден. A major Christian Holiday commemorating Christ's resurrection. Moveable date.
Monday 9 April Easter Monday (Orthodox) Велики понеделник. An extra day off after Easter.
Tuesday 1 May Labour Day Ден на труда. A global public holiday, also called May Day or International Worker's Day. A celebration of workers' rights and achievements.
Sunday 6 May St George's Day Гергьовден, ден на храбростта и Българската армия. The day of the Bulgarian army.
Thursday 24 May Saints Cyril and Methodius Day/Culture and Literacy Day Ден 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.
Thursday 6 September Unification Day Ден на Съединението. A celebration of the 1885 unification of Eastern Rumelia (previously Ottoman) and the Principality of Bulgaria.
Saturday 22 September Independence Day Ден на независимостта на България. Celebrating the independence of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire, in 1908.
Monday 24 December Christmas Eve Бъдни вечер. A wide-spread Christian holiday - the night before Christ's birth.
Tuesday 25 December Christmas Рождество Христово. A very important Christian Holiday - the birth of Christ.
Wednesday 26 December Second Christmas day Рождество Христово. Bulgaria celebrates two days of Christmas, both known as Christmas Day.

Orthodox Easter in Varna

Expats' Tips

Would you like to share your experiences with Bulgarian national holidays? Email office@guides.global.

Other guides of interest

 Description Link 
Bulgaria Country Guide
Essential facts and figures
Country Guide bulgaria
Bulgarian Climate Gude
The average weather and climate across Bulgaria.
climate in bulgaria

You may also want to read:

 Description Link 
Public Holidays in Bulgaria
officeholidays.com provides lots of useful links to more comprehensive histories of public holidays.
Public Holidays in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day
A history of the holday celebrating Saints Cyril and Methodius
Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day
A Brief History of Bulgaria
Some more information about Bulgarian independence etc.
A Brief History of Bulgaria

Readers' Comments

 

Further information?

I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.

Francine Carrel

11 January 2017


 

This guide was co-authored by John Howell (Email: John.Howell@Guides.Global or John@jhco.org. Web: www.jhco.org or www.Guides.Global)

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