Bulgaria celebrates Unification Day with nationwide observances

Bulgaria marks the 137 anniversary of the Unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia. Traditionally, Plovdiv is the the center of events celebrating the Unification Day. Plovdiv Metropolitan Nikolay served a solemn service in the Holy Assumption Cathedral Church. At 8.30 p.m. tonight, President Rumen Radev and Vice President Iliana Iotova will attend the traditional military tattoo on Saedinenie Square in central Plovdiv.

Sofia marked the holiday with a ceremony in front of the Memorial Tomb of Alexander I of Battenberg, known as the Battenberg Mausoleum. The National Guards Unit of Bulgaria and Svetoglas Vocal Quartet participated at the festive programme.

A reenactment of the events of 1885 will take place at 18:00 pm on Independence Square in Varna.

The holiday was also celebrated in the town of Yambol with patriotic songs and a thanksgiving service. Hundreds of citizens joined the festive procession through the central streets. /BGNES