On October 5, Stara Zagora celebrates the city’s holiday. The date is not chosen by accident. On October 5, 1879, Prince Alexander Bogoridi laid the foundation stone for the restoration of the city after its burning during the Russian-Turkish War of Liberation. The event begins to be celebrated as a holiday of the city and so is today. Traditionally, the day will begin by serving a solemn world liturgy from 9 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Dimitar.
At 10 a.m. before the building of the Municipality will be raised the national flag and then in the park “5th of October” will be served flowers of the symbolic stone that gave the new beginning of the city and the monument “Defenders of Stara Zagora – 19 July 1877”. In the park at 10.30 a.m. will be awarded the honorary title of the town, and from 11.30 a.m. you will see the performance “Folklore from the Infinity” of the students of the National School of Folklore Arts “Philip Kutev”.
At 11 o’clock the smallest children will be able to watch the “Shegovishko on the Wonder Island” – childer musical in the Opera Theater. Anyone who wants to learn more about the past of Stara Zagora can attend the lecture on the restoration of the town after the burning in the History Museum at 3 p.m. An opera by Giovanni Pergolesi can be traced at 6 p.m. in the Artillery Park. At 6.30 p.m. From 18.30 in the park “5th of October” is the beginning of the concert of the world famous clarinet master Ivo Papazov and his orchestra. The holiday continues on October 6, when you can see the pre-season performance of the opera “The Seville Barber” by Rossini in the Opera Theater.
During the celebration of Stara Zagora, a number of sports events are planned. On 5th of October at the “Trace Arena” stadium, a football tournament will take place for the Mayor’s Cup. An international table tennis tournament will take place on 7 and 8 October in the city. On October 7th in Stara Zagora you can watch folk struggles, a sports feast for children deprived of parental care, a dynamic shooting tournament with a gun or a darts competition for the Stara Zagora Cup.