Bulgaria Celebrates Unification Day September 6
Society | September 6, 2002, Friday // 00:00
Bulgaria celebrates the Unification Day on September 6. The third aviation festival "Sky for All" was held under the patronage of President Parvanov in the morning of September 6. Later on he visited the town of Plovdiv, where an official ceremony marked the anniversary of Bulgaria's Unification. Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg toured two unique for the Balkan Peninsula ancient temples in the village of Starosel. This is the 117th anniversary of the Unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia. In 1878, as a result of the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation (1877-1878), the Bulgarian state was restored, but national integration was not attained. The Principality of Bulgaria was proclaimed with an elective knyaz (prince) (Alexander of Battenberg), Eastern Rumelia with a governor of Christian faith to be appointed by the sultan, while Thrace and Macedonia remained under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The opposition to this unfair decision of the Congress of Berlin (1878) led to the Kresna-Razlog Uprising (1878-1879), to the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia (1885), to the break up of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising (1903).
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