Today marks 137 years since the declaration of independence of Eastern Rumelia from the Ottoman Empire and its union with the Principality of Bulgaria. In major cities throughout the country, the Bulgarian flag will be solemnly raised, military rituals will be performed and wreaths will be laid in memory of the dead.
On September 6, 1885, the Bulgarian people resisted the injustice imposed by the clauses of the Berlin Treaty and took a step towards national unification. On this date, which has become a symbol of the unity of the Bulgarians, the Union of the Principality of Bulgaria with Eastern Rumelia took place – an event that gave impetus to the upward development of the restored state. Later, Konstantin Irechek will write: “No one can accuse the Bulgarians of being a nation incapable of state life, and that their freedom is something charismatic.”
The celebration in Plovdiv
In Plovdiv, the so-called capital of the Union, the celebrations traditionally begin with a prayer service, which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Assumption Cathedral. The Regional History Museum will open two of its expositions for free – “Union of Bulgaria since 1885.” on “Saedinenie” Square and “Bulgarian Revival” exhibition on “Tsanko Lavrenov” Street in the old town.
The culmination of the celebrations will be the solemn inspection-dawn starting at 20:30 at Saedinenie Square.
President Rumen Radev will take part in it, his press office announced, as he will accept the rank of honor and deliver a speech. Vice President Iliana Yotova will also attend the ceremony.
Plovdiv residents and guests of the city will be able to park in the blue zone for free, announced the municipal enterprise “Parking and Repatriation”. The National Security Service (NSS) will take care of the security of the citizens.
For the celebration, access to the square will be provided after 6:30 p.m. through three checkpoints: one on “6th September” Blvd. and “Dimitar Tsonchev” St. (near the prosecutor’s office building); second at “6th September” Blvd. and “St. Kliment” St. (at the underpass) and third – at “6th September” Blvd. and “Petko Karavelov” St. (next to DZI – Plovdiv).
NSO officers will check for objects, dangerous means and substances. Citizens will be checked with metal detectors for firearms and cold weapons, sharp objects, explosives and flammable substances, sources of ionizing radiation, fireworks and other pyrotechnic articles. People with bulky luggage will not be admitted to the event, as well as people in a visibly inadequate condition.
From 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the use of drones is also prohibited in the event area.
Celebrations in other cities
With the educational lecture on “The Union and its military protection” at 11 a.m. in the “St. Nicholas” museum, the day in Black Sea man. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission.
The celebrations in Varna will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a commemoration in front of the memorial plaque of Prince Alexander Battenberg on Independence Square. A procession follows along “Maria Luiza” Blvd. to the monument to those who died in the Serbo-Bulgarian war, where from 10 a.m. wreaths will be laid with a military ritual. From 2:00 p.m., there will be a folklore festival on the “Rakovina” stage in the Sea Garden. From 6 p.m., a reenactment of the events of 1885 will begin at Nezavisimost Square.
From 11 a.m. at Georgi Izmirliev Square in Blagoevgrad in front of the memorial plaque of those who died for the freedom and independence of Bulgaria, a ritual of laying flowers will be held.
By tradition, the celebration will take place in the emblematic of the historical event in the region Kazanlak Church of Saint John the Baptist (behind the post office) from 10 am.