Student's Day in Bulgaria Date in the current year: December 8, 2016

Student's Day in Bulgaria Bulgarian students celebrate Student's Day on December 8. The holiday was established in 1903 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Sofia University.

Sofia University is Bulgaria's oldest higher educational institution. It was founded on October 1, 1888, a decade after the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire. In 1902, the feast day of Saint Clement of Ohrid (December 8) was designated as the university's official holiday. St. Clement of Ohrid (St. Kliment Ohridski) is a Bulgarian saint regarded to be the patron of languages and education.

In 1903, December 8 was celebrated as Student's Day for the first time. The holiday was abolished in 1944, following the establishment of the People's Republic of Bulgaria. It was replaced with International Students' Day (November 17). However, it was reinstated in 1962 by the new Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov as the Day of Sofia University and has been celebrated every year ever since.

Bulgarian Student's Day is celebrated in all universities and colleges in the country. Celebrations typically last for several days. December 8 has been a non-attendance day for all students since 1994. Universities hold special events for their students on the occasion.

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