There are 12 official national holidays in Bulgaria
Depending on the holiday, you may encounter large crowds, shopping frenzies, complete closure of businesses (as on New Year’s Day) or you may not even realise it’s a national holiday.
National Day, Independence Day and Unification Day are celebrated in front of Alexander Nevski Cathedral and the Unknown Soldier Monument. The prime minister and president of Bulgaria attend.
A huge military parade marks St Georges Day, starting at 10am.
Head to the Bulgarian National Library where a large crowd celebrates on Cyril and Methodius Day (aka Day of the Bulgarian alphabet).
Normally, only students, teachers and professors will celebrate the day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders.
Labor Day will be a non-working day for some, although most people will continue their daily activities as usual.
Everyone will be shopping during the Christmas and New Year period, when there are many great deals to be found.
Here are the dates of some official holidays in Bulgaria
• New Year’s Day – January 1st
• National Day (Day of Liberation) – March 3rd
• Labor Day – May 1st
• Orthodox Easter
• 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