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Bulgarian Liberation Day

March 3rd sees Bulgaria as the Day of Liberation from Ottoman rule, it celebrates the signing of the San Stefano peace treaty, which ended 500 years of Ottoman rule.


On this day in 1878 the Principality of Bulgaria was founded as a result of the Russian-Turkish liberation war of 1877 - 1878.

March 3rd is an official holiday across the country and is celebrated in a variety of ways, churches holding prayers during the morning and commemorative wreaths laid at the Shipka pass monument.

In the capital, the Bulgarian flag is raised in front of the Monument of the unknown soldier in Sofia.There is a gun salute and various parades and wreaths laid in the memory of both Bulgarian and foreign people who died in pursuit of Bulgaria's freedom.The President and key members of the government join together in Sofia's Narodno Sabranie Square to mark their respect. Most towns and cities have monuments dedicated to those lost in battle or founding fathers and on March 3rd local Bulgarians lay flowers on these monuments.