Bulgaria Celebrates March 3rd – National Liberation Day

The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 led to the re-establishment of a Bulgarian state as a constitutional monarchy in 1878, with the Treaty of San Stefano marking the birth of the Third Bulgarian State signed on March 3, 1878. The Peace Treaty of San Stefano marks the revival of the Bulgarian State, submerged under Ottoman rule since the end of 14th century. However, the actual live of independent Bulgaria started after the Berlin Congress, which took place a couple of months later in 1878.

By tradition on Bulgaria’s national holiday March 3 thousands of people went to the Shipka peak in Stara Planina mountain to honour the memory of Bulgarian volunteers and Russian soldiers, who fought for Bulgaria’s freedom. Throughout the day people of all generations, carrying national flag, were climbing the stairs to the monument, standing on top of the hill. Among the visitors were Bulgarian emigrants, who had come to spend the national day at Shipka peak.
On the occasion of Bulgaria’s national day president Georgi Parvanov has received congratulations from Russia’s president Dmitriy Medvedev, the British queen HM Elizabeth II, the Emir of Qatar and from the Pope Benedict XVI.

Bulgaria after the Treaty of San Stefano

Bulgaria after the Treaty of San Stefano

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