On March 3, 1878, the Peace Treaty between Russia and the then Ottoman Empire was signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War, which began in 1877 and thus marked the beginning of the Third Bulgarian State. The date of March 3 was declared a National holiday in 1890. This year marks the 142 years anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria. Find the festive program in Veliko Tarnovo down below.
Veliko Tarnovo will mark the anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria with a military ritual for raising the national flag on March 3rd at 10.30 am. The mayor of the Municipality will give a festive speech, after which the Academic Prize “March 3” will be presented. After that, a literary and music composition will be performed by students of the Vasil Drumev High school of mathematics.
From 11 am at the Mother Bulgaria Monument, a blessing will be served by His Grace Slavcho Ivanov. After the military ritual of laying wreaths and flowers of appreciation, a festive horo will be performed. Of course, no holiday would be complete without the audiovisual spectacle “Tsarevgrad Turnov – sound and light” which will be broadcasted at 20.00h.
On the National Holiday March 3rd, the Regional Museum of History-Veliko Tarnovo invites the residents and guests of the city on a free walking tour with the talk “They died for our freedom.” The tour will be along historical sites related to the national liberation movement, the Russo-Turkish war and the restoration of Bulgarian statehood. The walking tour will start at 10.00 from Saedinenie Square in front of the National Revival and Constituent Assembly Museum.
The route is: 10.00 – 11.00 am – Museum “Revival and Constituent Assembly”, 11.00 am – 11.30 am – Prison Museum, 12.00 – 12.30 pm – Sarafkina House Museum, 12.30 – 1.00 pm – Historic sites along Gurko Street, walk to Mother Bulgaria Monument. Participants in the walking tour will be admitted free of charge in the museums “Revival and Constituent Assembly”, Prison and Sarafkina House.