Veliko Tarnovo will officially celebrate 135 years of the Unification of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia on September 6th.
The program for the holiday begins at 10.30 am in front of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, where the national flag will be ritually raised. After that, an official speech will be given by the mayor, and the historian Dora Nedeva will tell interesting facts about the famous event. From 11.00 in front of the monument “Mother Bulgaria”, a military ritual will be performed – laying wreaths and flowers to pay tribute to the heroes of Bulgaria. A festive blessing will be served, and the Honorary Guard of the National Military University “Vasil Levski” will pass in a solemn march. Flowers will also be laid in front of the monument of General Sava Mutkurov in Marno Pole Park. The culmination of the celebrations will be the audio-visual performance “Tsarevgrad Tarnov – sound and light”, which will start at 20.45 on Sunday evening and can be watched from Tsar Asen I Square.
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.