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Bulgaria : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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    Wednesday December 21, 2022Day of the Turkish LanguageEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday December 23, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday December 24, 2022Christmas EveSecular holiday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday December 27, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday December 28, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Saturday December 31, 2022New Year's Evecards/flowers
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Tuesday January 3, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday January 8, 2023Midwives' DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Saturday January 28, 2023Surva - International Festival of the Masquerade gamesEvents, celebrations...
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    Monday January 30, 2023Sofia Tennis OpenSports events
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    Friday February 3, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday February 13, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Trifon Zarezan (Wine Day)Events, celebrations...
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    Monday February 20, 2023MaslenitsaEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday March 3, 2023Liberation DayNational Day
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    Saturday March 4, 2023Horse Easter (Todorovden)Events, celebrations...
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday March 10, 2023Holocaust Remembrance DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday March 16, 2023Sofia International Film FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday March 26, 2023Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Friday April 7, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday April 9, 2023Palm SundayEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday April 14, 2023Good FridayOrthodox
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    Saturday April 15, 2023Orthodox Holy SaturdayOrthodox
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    Sunday April 16, 2023Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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    Monday April 17, 2023Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
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    Monday April 17, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Friday May 5, 2023Bravery DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Saturday May 6, 2023St George's Day / Army DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 8, 2023St George's Day / Army DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday May 23, 2023National Day of the VlachsEvents, celebrations...
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    Wednesday May 24, 2023Bulgarian Alphabet and Culture DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday June 8, 2023National Day of the Natural ParksEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday June 29, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday June 30, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Day of the Turkish Language

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    Wednesday December 21, 2022
    Culture : Celebrated by the Turk-speaking community

    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 23, 2022
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    Christmas Eve

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    Saturday December 24, 2022
    Secular holiday : In certain countries, businesses may be closed half a day only. paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    St Stephen's Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

    Fathers' Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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    Public holiday

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    Tuesday December 27, 2022
    Secular holiday :

    Public holiday

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    Wednesday December 28, 2022
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    New Year's Eve

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    Saturday December 31, 2022
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
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    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 3, 2023
    School holidays : Www.mon.bg
    https://kg.sofia.bg/
    official calendar issued by the Ministry of Education
    may vary according to the academic level
    study programs are not aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process
    PISA ranking (average 493): 446
    Schooling is mandatory till age 15
    number of instructional weeks per year in lower secondary education: 44-45
    No school on Saturday
    No uniform required

    We carry confirmed dates till April 2023 (some variations according to cursus)

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    Midwives' Day

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    Sunday January 8, 2023
    Culture : 'Babinden' - of the greatest female folk festivals dedicated to the grandmas (the Bulgarian word for midwives) - women who help at birth - and young brides and women who have given birth. Rituals during this day are mainly governed by the desire to manifest honour and respect for older women who have helped young mothers at birth.

    Surva - International Festival of the Masquerade games

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    Saturday January 28, 2023
    Culture : Lasts 2 days - http://www.surva.org in Pernik 2023 edition confirmed

    Sofia Tennis Open

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    Monday January 30, 2023
    Sports events : 2023 edition confirmed

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday February 3, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday February 13, 2023
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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Trifon Zarezan (Wine Day)

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    Culture : In tribute to Saint Trifon, assassinated in 248 in Apemia, considered a major wine center.

    Maslenitsa

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    Monday February 20, 2023
    Culture : Maslenitsa (also known as Butter Week, Pancake week, or Cheesefare Week) has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun festival, celebrating the imminent end of the winter. corresponds to the Western Christian Carnival.

    Liberation Day

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    Friday March 3, 2023
    Secular holiday : Restoration of the third Bulgarian kingdom after almost 500 years of Ottoman rule. The treaty of San Stefano, signed on March 3 1878, was the milestone of this process and the day remains one of the most celebrated in Bulgaria’s history. The San Stefano treaty ended the Russo-Turkish war, which started in 1877. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Horse Easter (Todorovden)

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    Saturday March 4, 2023
    Culture : The Day of St Theodore, celebrated by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, also known as Horse Easter.

    Mothers' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
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    Holocaust Remembrance Day

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    Friday March 10, 2023
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    Sofia International Film Festival

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    Thursday March 16, 2023
    Culture : Lasts 10 days http://siff.bg/ in Sofia 2023 edition confirmed

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday March 26, 2023
    Special Events : At 1:00 am local times

    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Friday April 7, 2023
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    Palm Sunday

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    Sunday April 9, 2023
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    Good Friday

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    Friday April 14, 2023
    Orthodox : In Bulgaria, together with Christmas, Good Friday and Easter are the holiest days in the Orthodox calendar, and are observed with great solemnity. Churches all over the country are serving masses to mourn the crucified son of God. Fasting is especially strict on this day - the Church advises believers not to have any food at all, and to not even drink water. Few Bulgarians, however, are usually that strict.

    Orthodox Holy Saturday

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    Saturday April 15, 2023
    Orthodox : Not a paid holiday

    Orthodox Easter

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    Sunday April 16, 2023
    Orthodox : Paid holiday

    Orthodox Easter Monday

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    Monday April 17, 2023
    Orthodox :

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday April 17, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Bravery Day

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    Friday May 5, 2023
    Culture : Saint George's Day. The feast was established with a decree of Prince Alexander of Battenberg in 1880. On this day, the Bulgarians praise the brave acts of the Bulgarian military men who fought across the battlefields over the years.

    St George's Day / Army Day

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    Saturday May 6, 2023
    Secular holiday : Saint George (ca 275/280-April 23, 303) was a soldier of the Roman Empire and later a Christian martyr. Later, he became associated with the legend of a mythical dragonkiller. Wikipedia

    St George's Day / Army Day

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    Monday May 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : Saint George (ca 275/280-April 23, 303) was a soldier of the Roman Empire and later a Christian martyr. Later, he became associated with the legend of a mythical dragonkiller. Wikipedia

    National Day of the Vlachs

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    Tuesday May 23, 2023
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    Bulgarian Alphabet and Culture Day

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    Wednesday May 24, 2023
    Secular holiday : Cyril and Methodius were two brothers born in Thessaloniki in the Byzantine Empire in the 9th century, who became missionaries of Christianity in Khazaria and Great Moravia. They both perfected a Slavonic alphabet which is now known as the Cyrillic alphabet in which they translated the liturgy. Cyrillic alphabet is used in Russian, Bulgaria, Serbia & Montenegro.

    National Day of the Natural Parks

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    Thursday June 8, 2023
    Culture : Cleaning and repair works on the infrastructure of all 11 natural parks on the territory of the country. By tradition, thousands of people join the campaign.

    Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday June 29, 2023
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    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday June 30, 2023
    School holidays : 12.05.2022 - Twelfth year (13 weeks of schooling) 31.05.2022 - I - III year (14 weeks of schooling) 15.06.2022 - IV - VI year (16 weeks of schooling) 30.06.2022 - Grade V - VI (18 school weeks for courses in sports schools) 30.06.2022 - VII - Grade XI (18 weeks of study + 2 or 4 weeks for internship in the period 01.07. - 31.08.2022 for classes with vocational training or with a dual education system in grades X and XI)