Bulgaria’s Independence Day
On 22nd September Bulgaria celebrates the proclamation of the Bulgarian independence from Turkey in the year 1908. Although Bulgaria was liberated on 3 March 1878 politically it was a vassal country of Turkey according to the Berlin treaty of 1878.
During the communism era the significance of this event was very under played but this date is very important for Bulgaria – one of the oldest countries in Europe – as it reappeared on the political map of Europe after 5 centuries.
Veliko Turnovo traditionally is the centre of the celebrations as the independence was proclaimed on Tsarevets hill by the Bulgarian royal prince Ferdinand together with the government and members of parliament.
Every year celebrations take place in the Bulgaria’s ancient capital starting with the re-enactment of the 1908-events in the Holy Forty Martyrs Church and on Tsarevets Hill.