Members of the Turkish Parliament, including State Minister Cevdet Yılmaz, Turkish bureaucrats as well as representatives of the diplomatic community in Ankara made appearances at the reception hosted by Krasimir Tulechki, Bulgaria’s ambassador to Turkey. After the Turkish and Bulgarian national anthems were played Tulechki thanked his guests for attending.
The Bulgarian national day, which is also known as Liberation Day and is officially celebrated on March 3, was first celebrated in 1880 as the Day of the Ascension of Emperor Alexander II, marking the anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire with a declaration of its own sovereignty. It was celebrated as a national holiday once again in 1978 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the liberation. On March 5, 1990, March 3 was declared a national holiday.