On 3 March Bulgarians celebrated the 141th anniversary of  the liberation of Bulgaria. On this date in 1878 in the village of San Stefano, close to Istanbul, a peace treaty that ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and restored the Bulgarian state was signed.

Celebrations were held across the country. Thousands of Bulgarians climbed the historic peak of Shipka to pay homage to the endeavors of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of Bulgaria.

In the morning there was a solemn ceremony of raising the national flag at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Sofia; in the evening there were military tattoos on the National Assembly square. The President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev received the honorary formation of the representative units of the Bulgarian Army.