Bulgaria Pays Tribute to Its Enlighteners

Culture | November 1, 2013, Friday // 08:04|  views

The pinnacle in National Enlighteners Day celebrations is the change of guards in front of the Presidency in Sofia. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria marks on November 1 the National Enlighteners Day with a series of events organized all across the country.

Across Bulgaria, the National Enlighteners Day is an occasion to pay tribute to all those committed to culture and education, including historical figures and present-day enlighteners.

It has been a tradition in cities and towns throughout the country to hold parades honoring students and teachers.

Many museums and galleries offer free admission on November1.

Meanwhile, protesting Bulgarian college teachers and students, who are asking the resignation of the Socialist-led government, announced they are organizing a mass march under the slogan " Wake up " on the occasion of Enlighteners Day.

Bulgaria has been celebrating the National Enlighteners Day as a national holiday since 1922 and teachers and students have seen parades on this occasion since the 1930s.

The holiday was suspended by the Bulgarian Communist regime in 1945. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, celebration was resumed in 1990 and made official again in 1995.

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