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March 3, 2019 – Bulgarian National Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Bulgarian community on the occasion of Bulgarian National Day.

The Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 is known in Bulgaria as the “Liberation War”. Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire after the atrocities committed against the Bulgarian population during the April Uprising of 1876. According to Bulgarian historians, between 30,000 and 100,000 Bulgarians were slaughtered during the April Uprising. Also, there have been reports that some 66,000 Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Finnish and Romanian soldiers were killed.

On March 3, 1878, the Peace Treaty of San Stefano was signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War.

March 3rd, the anniversary of Bulgaria’s liberation from five centuries of dominance by the Ottoman Empire, is a national holiday in Bulgaria.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.