Bulgaria marks a number of anniversaries of significant historical events in 2013, along with a series of major political turning points.
January 27 sees a national referendum on the future of nuclear energy in Bulgaria. Around mid-year, a national parliamentary election will be held, for which the date has not yet been announced.
An election that will hold national attention will be the choice on February 24 by an electoral college of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church of a new Patriarch.
September 1 2013 brings the introduction of digital television as Bulgaria ends its analogue TV age.
Along with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greece, Bulgaria will celebrate the 1150th anniversary of the Great Moravian Mission, the sending of Saints Cyril and Methodius to convert the ninth century empire to Christianity.
Bulgaria and Israel mark in 2013 the 70th anniversary of the prevention of the deportation of Jews from Bulgaria to World War 2 Nazi death camps.
On March 3, Bulgaria’s national day, the country celebrates 135 years since its liberation from Ottoman rule and on September 22, the 105th anniversary of the proclamation of Bulgaria’s independence.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)