Today Bulgaria marks the 135th anniversary of its Liberation from the five centuries of Ottoman rule, also referred to as the date of the creation of the Third Bulgarian Tsardom. March 3 is a National Holiday for Bulgaria and it was declared as such in 1978. On this day, in 1878, Russia and the Ottoman empire signed a preliminary peace treaty in San Stefano, a small village near Istanbul.
The Peace Treaty of San Stefano puts an end to the Russian – Turkish war and brings Bulgaria back on the political map. March 3 is honored with ceremonies held throughout the country particularly solemn in cities where victorious battles of Russian and Bulgarian soldiers in the 1877-1878 Liberation War took place.
In Sofia, you could observe the military parade that takes place in the city every year on this date.
Happy Liberation Day!