Holidays in Bulgaria 2023

There are 12 public holidays with 14 days in Bulgaria in 2023, five of which fall on weekends.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world. It falls on January 1, 2023, and is observed on January 2, 2023.

Liberation Day
Liberation Day, observed on March 3, 2023, commemorates the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire on March 3, 1878. In the 14th century, the Ottoman Empire conquered the Bulgarian Empire in the Bulgarian-Ottoman wars, which resulted in the collapse of the Bulgarian Empire.

Orthodox Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Orthodox Good Friday falls on April 14, 2023.

Orthodox Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday is an important Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Orthodox Easter Sunday is a public holiday in many countries and falls on April 16, 2023.

Orthodox Easter Monday
The Monday after Orthodox Easter Sunday, it is observed on April 17, 2023.

Labour Day
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

St. George's Day
St. George's Day, also known as Army Day, is observed on May 6, 2023. St. George's Day is a holiday in memory of Saint George, who was venerated as a saint in Christianity. There is little information on the early life of St. George, but many historians believe he was born into a noble family, and his parents were both Christians.

Culture and Literacy Day
Culture and Literacy Day is a public holiday in Bulgaria, observed on May 24, 2023. The holiday celebrates the importance of the Bulgarian language and the Cyrillic alphabet, which St. Cyril and St. Methodius created.

Unification Day
Unification Day is observed on September 6, 2023 and commemorates the unification of the autonomous Ottoman province of Eastern Rumelia and the Principality of Bulgaria in 1885.

Independence Day
Independence Day is observed on September 22, 2023, and commemorates the anniversary of when the independence of Bulgaria was proclaimed on September 22, 1908.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day, observed on December 25, 2023, commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends. The holiday lasts three days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Christmas Holiday.

The following is the list of public holidays in Bulgaria 2023.

New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
New Year's Day HolidayJan 02, 2023MondayObserved
Liberation DayMar 03, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Orthodox Good FridayApr 14, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Orthodox Holy SaturdayApr 15, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
Orthodox EasterApr 16, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
Orthodox Easter MondayApr 17, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 01, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
St. George's DayMay 06, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
St. George's Day HolidayMay 08, 2023MondayObserved
Culture and Literacy DayMay 24, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Unification DaySep 06, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Independence DaySep 22, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Christmas EveDec 24, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Second Day of ChristmasDec 26, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Christmas HolidayDec 27, 2023WednesdayObserved

Please also check the working days in Bulgaria in 2023.

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