A rich program awaits residents and visitors of Veliko Tarnovo on September 6th – Unification Day. The Unification of Bulgaria was the act of the unification of the Bulgarian Kingdom and Eastern Rumelia in the autumn of 1885. It was coordinated by the Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee. The unification was carried out after riots in different cities of Eastern Rumelia, followed by a military coup on September 6th in 1885, supported by the Bulgarian Prince Alexander I and led by Major Danail Nikolaev. The day was declared a public holiday for the country by the National Assembly on February 18, 1998.
After this short history lesson here is the program for the holiday in Veliko Tarnovo:
10.30 h. – In front of the building of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality:
Military ritual for raising the national flag of the Republic of Bulgaria.
A festive speech by the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo – Daniel Panov
A literary composition dedicated to the Unification Day by graduates of the Vasil Drumev High-School.
10.50 h. – at Mother Bulgaria Monument:
Military ritual of laying wreaths and flowers of appreciation.
11.15 h. – General Sava Mutkurov Monument in Marno Pole Park:
Official reveal of General Sava Mutkurov Monument. Performance of the anthem of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Prayer served by His Eminence Metropolitan Gregory of Veliko Turnovo and consecration of the monument.
Official address of Prof. Georgi Kamarashev – Deputy Mayor of Veliko Turnovo Municipality and Chairman of the Initiative Committee.
Arrangement of wreaths and flowers.
21.30 h. – Tsar Assen I Square:
Audio-visual spectacle “Tsarevgrad Turnov – sound and light”.
Of course, no holiday in Veliko Tarnovo will be complete without the staple of the city – The Tsarevets Sound and Light show. If there is one thing you definitely must-see from the program of the Unification Day it is without a doubt the audio-visual spectacle which combines dramatic music, light effects, laser beams and bells ringing against the backdrop of the Tsarevets fortress.