Revival Leaders' Day in Bulgaria Date in the current year: November 1, 2024

Revival Leaders' Day in Bulgaria Revival Leaders' Day is a Bulgarian holiday celebrated on November 1. It honors the most outstanding figures of the Bulgarian National Revival. This day is not a public holiday, but it is an official day off in schools.

The term “Bulgarian National Revival” refers to a period of national integration among Bulgarian people under Ottoman rule. It began in the late 18th century and lasted until the establishment of the Third Bulgarian State in 1878.

Among the leaders of the Revival, there were prominent enlighteners and revolutionaries, such as Paisius of Hilendar, Hristo Botev, Vasil Levski, Sophronius of Vratsa, Dimitar and Konstantin Miladinov, and many others.

Day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders was first marked in 1909 in the city of Plovdiv. In 1923, king Boris III proclaimed it a national holiday. However, the celebration was abolished in 1945, when Bulgaria became a socialist state. It was restored in 1992, following the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe.

Revival Leaders' Day is marked with flag-raising ceremonies and cultural events held throughout the country. Celebration is quite low-key as it is not a national holiday. Nevertheless, many Bulgarians partake in the events in order to honor the leaders of the Bulgarian Renaissance.

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