Official Holidays


1 January - New Year's Day

3 March - Liberation Day, the day of Bulgaria's independence from Ottoman Rule - National Day

15 April (2012) - Orthodox Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (a movable feast)

16 April (2012) - Orthodox Easter Monday

1 May - May Day, Labour and International Workers' Solidarity Day

6 May - Saint George's Day (Gergiovden) - Day of the Bulgarian Army and Valour

24 May - Day of Bulgarian Culture and Learning, and Slavonic Script Day

6 September - Unification Day (the day of the national unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Roumelia)

22 September - Independence Day

1 November - Day of the Bulgarian Enlighteners (Revival Leaders' Day)

24 December - Christmas Eve

25 and 26 December - Christmas Day and Second Day of Christmas



* Non-working days in Bulgaria are the legal holidays and all Saturdays and Sundays. Since 2007 Bulgaria has introduced what may be called  "bridge holidays". In order to make a longer weekend, when a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, the Monday, Tuesday or Friday is sometimes fixed as an official holiday, while specified working Saturdays compensate the extra non-working day.