Public Holidays in Bulgaria

Last updated Sep 2016


Bulgarians are entitled to 20 or, in some cases, 25 days of paid vacation per year.

In addition, there are 11 official holidays.


OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN 2016 AND 2017

 

Weekend
bank holiday
working Saturday


September 2016

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October 2016

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November 2016

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December 2016

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January 2017

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February 2017

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March 2017

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April 2017

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May 2017

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June 2017

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July 2017

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August 2017

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September 2017

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September 2017

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November 2017

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December 2017

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weekend
bank holiday
working Saturday

 

 

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


Bridging holidays is a beloved tradition in Bulgaria. 

Each time an official holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday the Monday or Friday in between is declared an official holiday as well. The extra day off is “compensated” on a designated Saturday with banks and public offices staying open with regular hours. 

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

Sceptics question the efficiency of working Saturdays, but everybody enjoys the long weekends. Traffic out and into town, naturally,  turns into a nightmare.

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

 
Last updated Sep 2016

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