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Bulgaria bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Bulgaria Public Holidays in 2018
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
Mar.  3 Sat Liberation Day (National Day)
      5 Mon Liberation Day Holiday
Apr.  6 Fri Orthodox Good Friday
      7 Sat Orthodox Holy Easter
      8 Sun Orthodox Easter
      9 Mon Orthodox Easter Monday
May     Tue Labour Day
        Sun Saint George's Day / Army Day
        Mon Saint George's Day Holiday
        Thu Culture and Literacy Day
Sep.    Thu Unification Day
        Sat Independence Day
        Mon Independence Day Holiday
Dec.    Mon Christmas Eve
        Tue Christmas Day
        Wed Second Day of Christmas
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Recent News and Updates

20 Dec 2016 Bulgaria Public Holidays Legislation Overhaul Official (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) Bulgaria's Parliament has approved in a second and final reading, the changes to Bulgaria's public holidays legislation recently proposed by Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, and approved by the Bulgarian Cabinet late last month, to put an end to the practice of declaring one-off bridge public holidays in Bulgaria, whenever a fixed-date public holiday in Bulgaria occurred on a Tuesday or a Thursday.  30 Nov 2016 Bulgaria Moves To Overhaul 2017 Public Holidays (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) Bulgaria's Cabinet has approved changes to Bulgaria's public holidays legislation, as recently proposed by Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, to put an end to the practice of declaring one-off bridge public holidays in Bulgaria, whenever a fixed-date public holiday in Bulgaria occurred on a Tuesday or a Thursday.  12 Oct 2016 Bulgaria Mulls 2017 Public Holidays Rules Overhaul (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, has announced that she would soon propose changes to the Bulgarian Labour Code, put an end to the government practice of "rearranging working days" whereby the Bulgarian Council of Ministers would annually declare Monday and Friday one-off public holidays in Bulgaria, whenever an annual non-working public holiday of Bulgaria fell on a Tuesday or Friday.  27 Nov 2015 Bulgarian 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has released its annual list of regular non-working public holidays and annual one-off bridge public holidays in Bulgaria for the calendar year 2016.  05 Nov 2014 Bulgarian 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has released its annual list of regular non-working public holidays and annual one-off bridge public holidays for the calendar year 2015 in Bulgaria.  14 Nov 2013 Bulgarian 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has released the full list of regular non-working public holidays and annual one-off bridge public holidays for the calendar year 2014 in Bulgaria.  22 Mar 2013 Bulgarian 2013 Public Holidays Amended (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has amended the previously-released full list of regular non-working public holidays and additional bridge public holidays for the calendar year 2013, by the addition of an additional non-working public holiday in Bulgaria in May 2013.  15 Nov 2012 Bulgarian 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has released the full list of regular non-working public holidays and additional bridge public holidays for the calendar year 2013.  24 Sep 2012 Bulgarian 2013 Easter Public Holidays Extended (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has announced that it plans to further extend the Easter public holidays in Bulgaria for the upcoming calendar year 2013.  17 Nov 2011 Bulgarian 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has released the list of regular non-working public holidays and additional bridge public holidays for the calendar year 2012.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Bulgaria public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Bulgaria are regulated by the Labour Code of Bulgaria, as amended in 1992 by decree 81 (to allow non-Orthodox to take public holidays according to their religion) and decree 262 (to add November 1st as a holiday in all educational institutions).  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example).  Bulgaria started to officially declare Bridge Holidays in 2007. To make up for these extra public holidays, there are designated specific Working Saturdays.  2007 Working Saturdays: April 21, June 2, September 15, December 15,  Liberation Day is Bulgaria's National Day and commemorates the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule in 1878. During communist occupation, it was celebrated once in 1978, and it bacame the national day following a resolution of the Parliament passed on 5 March 1990 .  The Second Day of Christmas is neither Boxing Day nor Saint Stephen's Day but rather one of the public holidays left over from the communist era. They would celebrate this day after since they weren't allowed to celebrate Christmas itself. It is needless to say that they didn't give it up.  Revival Leaders' Day or Enlightenment Leaders Day is one of the national public holidays, but only schools and universities close (banks, businesses, and the government are open).  Days of National Mourning: Bulgaria has a tradition of declaring public holidays of national mourning when major industrial or traffic accidents occur. One such day was even declared in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.  Bulgaria International Codes BG and BGR (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .bg (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Bulgaria information and news: Bulgarian National Bank (Bulgaria central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Bulgaria maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Bulgaria), and Wikipedia (includes Bulgaria commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Bulgaria, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Bulgaria, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Bulgaria.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Bulgaria, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Bulgaria, before planning any trip to Bulgaria. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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