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(DF) Nation Celebrates Awakeners' Day

November 1 (BTA) - On Sunday Bulgaria marked National Awakeners' Day commemorating its writers, scholars, educators and freedom-fighters. The holiday was first observed in Plovdiv, Southern Bulgaria in 1909. In 1923 it was inaugurated as a national day of remembrance for distinguished Bulgarians. Banned by the communist regime in 1945, it was reinstated in 1992. It is a day off for all educational establishments in the country. President Rumen Radev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Neophyte, government ministers and political party leaders extended Awakeners' Day greetings to the nation on Sunday. Referring to the ongoing anti-government protests, President Radev said in his statement: "Each of those intransigent people who used the light of their cell phone to join a whole sea of light in the square in Sofia and many other cities across Bulgaria is an awakener." "Each satirist," Radev said, "who uses language and cartoons to expose demagogy and corruption is an awakener. Each journalist who dares to search for and illuminate the truth is an awakener." Prime Minister Borissov said that doctors and teachers are the most obvious awakeners nowadays. "For their dedication and self-sacrifice in this difficult and unusual situation [caused by the coronavirus pandemic], they deserve appreciation and gratitude," Borissov said. According to Patriarch Neophyte, today's awakeners, faced with new challenges, uphold the holy cause of Bulgarian spirituality, education, science and culture. The usual public celebrations and parades for National Awakeners' Day were not held this time to avoid mass gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. RY/VE // 02 Νοέμβριος 2020, 08:00

πηγή: BTA Free News

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