Bulgaria: Dates & Holidays

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Updated: 2017-03-15.

Calendar of Key Dates, National Holidays, and Important Days

Whether you’re about to visit or just keen on learning about the culture, check out our handy little calendar to learn about the different holidays and celebrations in Bulgaria. And as an added little bonus, we’ve listed the names of the months in the Bulgarian language below the months’ names in English 🙂

January

януари (“yanuari”)

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day (Нова Година.)
  • 8 January: Babinden (Бабинден. “Midwife’s Day.”)

February

февруари (“fevruari”)

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March

март (“mart”)

  • 1 March: Baba Marta Day (Баба Марта), read more »
  • 3 March: Liberation Day (Ден на Освобождението на България от Османската Империя.)
  • 8 March: Women’s Day (Ден на жената.)

April

април (“april”)

  • Varying Friday: Good Friday (Разпети петък. Anytime from end of March through April)
  • Varying Sunday: Easter Sunday (Великден. Easter in “Eastern Christianity” is always on one Sunday between 4 April and 8 May on the Gregorian calendar, as it is based on the Julian calendar. Though it should take place sometime during the first week after the astronomical full moon, the Julian full moon occurs several days after the astronomical event.)
  • Varying Monday: Easter Monday (Велики понеделник. The Monday immediately following Easter Sunday.)

May

май (“maĭ”)

  • 1 May: International Workers’ Day (Ден на труда. Known alternately as “May Day” or “Labor Day.”)
  • 6 May: St. George’s Day (Гергьовден.)
  • 7 May: Radio and Television Day (Ден на Радиото и Телевизията.)
  • 24 May: Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day (Ден на азбуката, културата и просветата.)

June

юни (“yuni”)

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July

юли (“yuli”)

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August

август (“avgust”)

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September

септември (“septemvri”)

  • 6 September: Unification Day (Ден на съединението.)
  • 22 September: Independence Day (Ден на независимостта.)

October

октомври (“oktomvri”)

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November

ноември (“noemvri”)

  • 1 November: Revival Leaders’ Day (Ден на народните будители.)

December

декември (“dekemvri”)

  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (Бъдни вечер.)
  • 25 December: Christmas (Коледа.)
  • 31 December: New Year’s Eve (Навечерието На Нова Година.)
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