Bulgarians are celebrating 114 years since the declaration of the Independence from Bulgaria. The day has been celebrated as an official national holiday in the country since 1990.
September 22 (October 5, old style) in 1908 in Veliko Tarnovo, with a manifesto by Knyaz Ferdinand I, the Independence of Bulgaria was declared.
It was recognized by the Ottoman Empire and the Great Powers in the spring of 1909. The holiday is celebrated with fireworks in the old capital, where the independence was proclaimed on this day in 1908 in the Church of the Forty Martyrs.
The location was chosen specifically to emphasize continuity with the medieval Bulgarian state. Bulgaria is declared a kingdom, and Ferdinand accepts the title of “Tsar of the Bulgarians”.
Today Veliko Tarnovo is the center of celebrations for the 114th anniversary of the declaration of the Independence of Bulgaria, announced in the fortress of Tsarevets. Vice President Iliana Yotova will take part in the celebrations in the old capital this morning, and in the evening Acting Prime Minister Galab Donev will take part in the fireworks display.
Festive events begin with a solemn liturgy in the church “St. 40 Martyrs”. “Independence is a huge and important party because Bulgaria retained his dignitysaid Metropolitan Grigory of Veliko Tarnovo:
“All Bulgarians should be careful how they protect independencebecause it is our most precious treasure, because it independence must be defended every day“.
In the fortress of Tsarevets, from 10:30 a.m. there will be the military ritual of raising the national flag.
A festive procession led by military bands will cover the route from Tsarevets to the Mother Bulgaria monument.
Historians, politicians, constitutionalists and experts in immovable cultural heritage gather for the conference “Veliko Tarnovo – historical and spiritual capital of Bulgaria – legal status and prospects”. The purpose of the discussion is to discuss the status that Veliko Tarnovo received from the parliament in 2019, Deputy Mayor Neiko Genchev pointed out:
“To see what the existing situation is, what can be done with the existing legislation and what are the possible solutions and possible obstacles“.
Culmination of the celebrations for the 114th anniversary of the declaration of the Independence of Bulgaria is tonight with fireworks in “Tsar Asen Parvi” Square at 7:30 p.m.
Independence Celebrations of the day will be held across the country.
In PlovdivRuse, Vratsa, Yambol and other cities of the country, the national flag will be raised with military rituals and prayers for prosperity will be offered.
In Plovdiv, the holiday will be celebrated with a solemn ceremony in the “September 22” square. Before that, the association “Petko Karavelov Center” invites the inhabitants of Plovdiv to attend the prayer for the health and well-being of all Bulgarian people in the church “St. Nedelya”. Wreaths and flowers will be placed in front of the commemorative plaque of Alexander Malinov.
The Declaration of Independence of our country will also be solemnly celebrated in Yambol. The official program includes a military ritual, thematic documentary exhibitions and a bike ride to the Kabile archaeological reserve.
The day of celebration will begin with the performances of the city band and the celebration of a prayer of thanksgiving, which will also be attended by representative military companies of the Yambol garrison.
The bike ride under the motto “Independencewill leave at 11:00 a.m. from the forecourt in front of the municipal building. The end point for cyclists is the Archaeological Reserve “Thracian and Ancient City of Kabyle”.
The cultural and information center “Bezistena” will present two guest exhibitions with materials from the funds of the central state archive, entitled “Bulgarian Independenceand “The Century of Ferdinand I”.
An open house has been announced at the Regional History Museum, as well as the Municipal Museum of Battle Glory.
With a traditional official ritual, the 114th anniversary of the declaration of Independence of Bulgaria will be celebrated in Pleven. The ritual begins at 11:00 a.m. in front of the memorial plaque opposite the entrance to the DKT “Ivan Radoev” on the “Stefan Stambolov” square. The Mayor of the Municipality of Pleven, Georg Spartanski, will give a speech.
Wreaths and flowers will be presented as a sign of appreciation. The city choir “Gena Dimitrova” with conductor Anelia Decheva and the city wind orchestra with conductor Plamen Markov will take part in the celebration with performances.
Bulgarian National Radio collected the moods of Bulgarians for today:
– “We appear on the world map after September 22. Whether our head and psyche are dependent or independent is another matter, but we are an independent country from this date.
– It absolutely fills me with joy, pride, mixed feelings. A small feeling of sadness for the simple reason that we are a small country, and a small country is always dependent on someone, but that does not prevent us from fighting for our independenceat least to try to have it.
– It’s one of the most important holidays in the country, and that’s why it’s important to be together on this day, to want to be together because our desire decreases more and more.
– Always proudly the flag of independence. Bulgaria has seen much tougher times than these, but our people are smart, our people are wise and have always come out of difficult situations.”
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