National and Official Holidays
On September 6, 1885 Bulgaria managed to oppose the decisions of the Great Powers at the Berlin Congress and to return Eastern Rumelia within the borders of the Principality of Bulgaria without any external help. This great political conquest of the Bulgarian people is a day of unification, a national act and the first firm claim for an independent, equal participation of Bulgaria in the modern history of Europe.
On the occasion of the 134th anniversary of the Unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and the Province of Eastern Rumelia, the National History Museum and the National Museum of Military History announced that on September 6 everyone will be able to visit the museums for free.
In Sofia, the 134th anniversary of the Unification of Bulgaria will be celebrated on September 6 in front of the mausoleum and final resting place of Prince Alexander I of Battenberg.
September 22 is a public holiday in Bulgaria – on this date in 1908, after 500 years of Ottoman Domination, Bulgaria – one of the oldest countries in Europe, once again appeared on the world map. On September 22, 1908 with a manifesto by the Bulgarian Knyaz Ferdinand the Independence of Bulgaria was proclaimed in Veliko Tarnovo. In this way, the last vassal ties with the Ottoman Empire were severed. The Principality of Bulgaria became an independent country ruled by Tsar Ferdinand. The High Porte followed by the Great Powers accepted officially the Bulgarian independence.
In Sofia this day is celebrated on September 22 at 11 am in front of the Independence monument (near the National Art Gallery).