Bulgarian National Holidays

There are twelve official national holydays in Bulgaria. It depends on the holiday you may encounter a crowds and big celebrations, huge shopping fiver, a regular day or a day when everything is closed (like the New Year’s Day).

There are celebrations with the prime minister and the president in front of Alexander Nevski Cathedral and the Unknown Soldier monument for the National Day, the Independence Day and the Unification day. The St. George’s day is being celebrated by conducting a huge military parade starting at 10 am.

There is a big celebration in front of the Bulgarian National Library for the Cyril and Methodius day (aka the day of the Bulgarian alphabet). Despite the fact that the day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders is a big Bulgarian holiday you won’t even notice this day unless you are student, teacher or professor. It’s the same with the Labor Day for some people the holiday is a day off from work while most of the people continue their daily activities as usual. And of course during the Christmas and New Year hype everyone goes crazy about shopping.


Here are the dates of all official holidays in Bulgaria

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • National Day (Day of Liberation) – March 3rd
  • Labor Day – May 1st
  • Orthodox Easter – May 1st
  • St George’s Day (Day of Bulgarian Army) – May 6th
  • St Cyril and Methodius Day (Day of Culture and Literacy) – May 24th
  • Unification Day – September 6th
  • Independence Day – September 22nd
  • Day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders – November 1st
  • Christmas Eve – December 24th
  • Christmas Day – December 25th
  • New Year’s Eve December 31st