Revival Day in Bulgaria

Revival Day is a holiday in Bulgaria that commemorates the national revival leaders. This is a day that commemorates all of the work that was performed by people during the national liberation movement. It’s a public holiday in Bulgaria, but it’s not a day off for most people.

Some of the national leaders that are honored on this day are Ivan Vazov, Saint Ivan of Rila, and Hristo Botev. Of course, that’s only a shortlist of the Bulgarian national leaders celebrated on this day. Also celebrated on this holiday are two other holidays. These include the Day of Bulgarian Journalism and the Day of Bulgarian Science.

The History Of Revival Day In Bulgaria

Revival Day is a public holiday in Bulgaria that’s been observed continuously for many, many years. However, in 1945, the communist regime of the country banned this holiday. That’s because the holiday contradicted typical Soviet censorship and propaganda at the time. Even though it was publicly banned during this time, however, it never stopped being celebrated privately by Bulgarians.

When the Soviet Union collapsed during the beginning of the 1990s, Bulgaria was once again able to celebrate this holiday, and it did so in 1992. Starting at the turn of the 20th century, a new celebration has been added to the ways that Bulgarians have celebrated this holiday. This new celebration was the raising of the national flag and the changing of the sentry of the Presidency.

Observing Revival Day

Besides the raising of Bulgaria’s flag during the changing of the sentry of the Presidency, this holiday is also celebrated in a number of other different ways. People use the day off to learn more about their national leaders or to visit loved ones. It’s also a day when many students organize special parades and some museums offer free admission to the general public.

Where is it celebrated?
Bulgaria (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
November 1 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
November 1 Friday
Last year (2022)
November 1 Tuesday