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Bulgaria Celebrates 131 Years Since Liberation

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=23808 12:49 - 03.03.2009 Bulgaria Celebrates 131 Years Since Liberation Bulgaria marks Tuesday its national
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      12:49 - 03.03.2009
      Bulgaria Celebrates 131 Years Since Liberation

      Bulgaria marks Tuesday its national holiday, the 131st anniversary
      since the country's liberation from the Ottoman Empire.

      March 3rd 1878 is the date when the San Stefano Treaty that ended the
      Russian-Ottoman war was signed. Although the treaty was preliminary
      and was soon revisited by the Berlin Congress it restored the
      Bulgarian state after nearly 500 years of foreign occupation.

      Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, PM Sergei Stanishev and the
      chairman of the parliament Georgi Pirinski left a wreath of flowers
      at the Monument to the unknown soldier in downtown Sofia. The three
      paid their respect for those who fell during Bulgaria's struggle for freedom.

      Part of the ceremony was raising the Bulgarian national flag and a
      march played by the honorary military orchestra. The head of the
      Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim, performed a celebration prayer.

      The whole region in downtown Sofia was closed down by police lines
      due to the official celebrations. Police officers searched everyone
      who wanted to go to the St. Alexander Nevski square where the
      ceremonies were held.

      A fireworks show is traditionally part of the celebrations. /bnn/
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