About Day of the Bulgarian National Revival Leaders
November 1st is the Day of the National Enlighteners.
During the National Liberation Movement in the 18th century, the leaders of the movement were educating the Bulgarian people about their history, language, culture and traditions.
In this way the notion of a national identity was resurrected. Today, Nov 1st is a National Holiday for all people involved in the field of Education.
This day pays tribute to the writers, enlighteners, fighters for national liberation who have preserved the spiritual values of the nation and its morals for centuries. The day was first celebrated in Plovdiv in 1909. On this day the Orthodox Church pays tribute to the patron of the Bulgarian people, St. Ivan Rilski. On the Day of National Enlighteners we honour the work of all enlighteners, revival leaders and fighters for Bulgaria’s spiritual independence. The day was officially included into the national holiday calendar in 1922. In 1945, the celebration was abolished by the communist regime. The tradition was resumed in 1992 at the initiative of Prof. Petar Konstantinov.