President: Cyrillic Alphabet Day Incorporates Bulgaria in EU

Politics | May 24, 2007, Thursday // 00:00
Bulgaria: President: Cyrillic Alphabet Day Incorporates Bulgaria in EU Bulgaria's Education Minister Daniel Valchev (L), Interior Minister Rumen Petkov (C) and President Georgi Parvanov (R) led the solemn manifestation on the Cyrillic Alphabet Day. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Cyrillic alphabet day is holiday that does not separate Bulgaria from Europe, but on the contrary - it incorporates the country in the EU, President Parvanov said in his speech at the start of the Thursday celebrations.

The celebrations get better and better each year, the President believes.

Bulgaria must work harder to find new, competitive ways to give to the country's intellectuals, scientists, clergy and students better conditions for working and studying in the education area, Parvanov said.

He pointed out that Bulgaria has two holidays dedicated to spirituality and education - May 24, the day of the Sts Cyril and Methodius, the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet and November 1, the day of the national enlighteners. "We are the only country in Europe and maybe in the world that has two such holidays and this gives us the right to be hold our heads high with proud," he added.

In Sofia, in the presence of President Georgi Parvanov, cabinet ministers, lawmakers, governors, academicians and numerous guests, a solemn manifestation strolled from the National Palace of Culture to the monument of the two brothers in the square in front of the National Library.

The Bishop of Znepole said a prayer the Bulgarian statesmen, scientists, teachers, schoolchildren and students.

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