Bulgaria Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Bulgaria or officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east
  • Public Holidays in Bulgaria are based on Christian celebrations, yet they had holidays base on cultural beliefs such as Roman, Greek, Persian and Ottoman Empire influences.
  • If a holidays falls on a weekend, the following weekday will be a holiday
  • For employees work on a national public holiday, he / she entitled to receive a compensation of 2 times normal wages
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    DateDayHolidays
    1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Нова година) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
    2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
    3 MarFriLiberation Day Holiday (Ден на Освобождението на България от османско робство) - national day and honours the Bulgarian volunteers who, during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 with the assistance of Russian and Romanian forces, liberated Bulgaria from almost 500 years of Ottoman rule
    14 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
    17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Commemoration of the Easter Rising
    1 MayMonLabour Day (Ден на труда и на международната работническа солидарност) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
    8 MayMonSaint Georges Day (ергьовден, ден на храбростта и Българската армия) - Celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint
    24 MayWedCulture and Literacy Day - Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture and of Slavonic Alphabet
    6 SeptWedUnification Day (Ден на Съединението) - Commemorates the unification of Eastern Rumelia and Bulgaria in 1885
    22 SeptFriIndependence Day Holiday (Ден на независимостта на България) - Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1908
    24 DecSunChristmas Eve - Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth
    25 DecMonChristmas Day (Рождество Христово) - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Bulgarians had two days of Christmas, both called Christmas Day
    26 DecTueChristmas Day Holiday (Рождество Христово)
    27 DecWedThird Day of Christmas - Christmas Day Holiday

    DateDayHolidays
    1 JanWedNew Year's Day
    3 MarMonLiberation Day
    18 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
    21 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
    1 MayThursLabour Day
    2 MayFriLabour Day Holiday
    5 MayMonLabour Day Holiday
    6 MayTueSe. Georges Day
    24 MaySatCulture and Literacy Day
    6 SeptSatUnification Day
    22 SeptMonIndependence Day
    24 DecWedChristmas Eve
    25 DecThursChristmas Day
    26 DecFriSecond Day of Christmas
    31 DecWedNew Year Holiday

    DateDayHolidays
    1 JanThursNew Year's Day
    2 JanFriNew Year's Holiday
    2 MarMonLiberation Day Holiday
    3 MarTueLiberation Day
    10 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
    13 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
    1 MayFriLabour Day
    6 MayWedSe. Georges Day
    24 MaySunCulture and Literacy Day
    6 SeptSunUnification Day
    21 SeptMonIndependence Day Holiday
    22 SeptTueIndependence Day
    24 DecThursChristmas Eve
    25 DecFriChristmas Day
    26 DecSatSecond Day of Christmas
    31 DecThursNew Year Holiday

    DateDayHolidays
    1 JanFriNew Year's Day
    3 MarThursLiberation Day Holiday
    4 MarFriBridge Holiday
    29 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
    1 MaySunLabour Day
    2 MayMonOrthodox Easter Monday
    6 MayFriSt. Georges Day
    23 MayMonBridge Holiday
    24 MayTueCulture and Literacy Day
    5 SeptMonBridge Holiday
    6 SeptTueUnification Day
    22 SeptThursIndependence Day Holiday
    24 SeptFriBridge Holiday
    24 DecSatChristmas Eve
    25 DecSunChristmas Day
    26 DecMonSecond Day of Christmas

    DateDayHolidays
    1 JanMonNew Year's Day
    3 MarSatLiberation Day Holiday
    6 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
    9 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
    30 AprMonLabour Day Holiday
    1 MayTueLabour Day
    6 MaySunSt. Georges Day
    24 MayThursCulture and Literacy Day
    25 MayFriCulture and Literacy Day Bridge Holiday
    6 SeptThursUnification Day
    7 SeptFriUnification Day Bridge Holiday
    22 SeptSatIndependence Day Holiday
    24 DecMonChristmas Eve
    25 DecTueChristmas Day
    26 DecWedSecond Day of Christmas

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