133 Years Since the Unification of Bulgaria  

The 133rd anniversary of the Unification of the Principality of Bulgaria with Eastern Rumelia will be celebrated today throughout the country. This is one of the three most important holidays for Bulgarians – the Liberation, the Unification, and the Independence of Bulgaria.

Unification is the act by which the Eastern Rumelia is taken from the Ottoman Empire on 18 September 1885 and united with the Principality of Bulgaria, contrary to the decisions of the Great Powers of the Berlin Congress. The Unification took place after folk riots in Panagyurishte, Pazardzhik, Golyamo Konare, and other southern Bulgarian settlements coordinated by the Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee. After it, Bulgaria was threatened with a war both by the Ottoman Empire, and Serbia, which was pushing for territorial compensations.

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The unification gained diplomatic and international recognition with the Bulgarian-Turkish Agreement and the Tophane Agreement. The merger of Northern and Southern Bulgaria was finally established with the recognition of Bulgarian independence in 1908.

The celebrations for today's holiday began last night with solemn fireworks and a restoration of the historic events in Saedinenie village, which old name is Golyamo Konare.

Happy Holiday, or in Bulgarian - Честит празник [Chestit praznik]!

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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