Public Holidays in Bulgaria

Last updated May 2017


Bulgarians are entitled to 20 or, in some cases, close to 30 days of paid vacation per year.

In addition, there are 11 official holidays.


OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN 2017

 

Weekend
bank holiday


January 2017

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February 2017

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May 2017

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August 2017

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September 2017

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November 2017

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bank holiday


 

OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN BULGARIA
 

Jan 1 

New Year’s Day

March 3     

Bulgaria's National Day / Bulgaria’s Independence from the Ottoman Empire/

 
Easter 

3 days

/Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday/. Dates vary each year according to the Orthodox calendar 

 
May 1

Labor and International Worker’s Solidarity Day

May 6 

St. George’s Day (Gergiovden) 
Day of the Bulgarian Army

May 24 

Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and the Slavic Script 

Sept 6 

Unification Day

Sept 22

Independence Day

Nov 1

Day of the Bulgarian National Revival Leaders (for educational institutions only)

Dec 24

Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 26

Christmas Days

 

“BRIDGING" HOLIDAYS NO MORE


Bridging holidays, a beloved tradition with long roots in Bulgaria is no more. 

As recently as 2016, each time an official holiday fell on a Tuesday or Thursday the Monday or Friday in between was declared an official holiday. The extra day off was “compensated” on a designated working Saturday with banks and public offices staying open with regular hours. 

On a typical year Bulgaria had at least 2-3 of such long weekends and working Saturdays, most often in May and September. 

The year 2014 set a record with one 6-day long “weekend” and 2016 had two 4-day long weekends just 15 days apart. 

The practice of "bridging" holidays and "working Saturdays" was terminated with a decision of the Bulgarian Government in 2017 and replaced with the equally controvercial practice of allowing an extra day off each time an official holiday falls on the weekend.

As a result, in 2017 Bulgarians will have 6 three or four-day long weekends and two one-day holidays.

 

Last updated May 2017

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