Bulgaria is a country with many cultural and historical distinctions. The biggest distinction, however, comes from the Bulgarian language which has no linguistic connections to any other European languages. This uniqueness can be attributed to the fact that Bulgaria was not colonized by outside powers like most of Europe was. As such, this language reflects more of its history and culture than many others in Europe do. Bulgaria also differs in terms of politics as it became independent from Ottoman rule only in 1878 when Russia intervened on behalf of Serbia following uprisings against Turkish authority in Macedonia and Eastern Thrace.
Bulgaria also has some unusual holidays such as Liberation Day on September 22nd where people celebrate Bulgaria’s liberation from Ottoman rule by the Russian army who came to their aid during World War I. This holiday is celebrated by eating traditional Bulgarian foods, wearing national costumes or even dancing folk dances!