Bulgaria’s independence day celebrations are a tradition in the Balkans, and on Saturday, the country celebrated it in its biggest city, Sofia.
The country’s independence from Russia and the collapse of the communist regime in 1989 left Bulgaria as a republic.
It became an independent country in 2006.
The city of Sofia, known as Sofia the Great, was a bustling metropolis with a strong Bulgarian population, many of whom still live in the country.
In the 1980s, Sofias population swelled, as many Bulgarians moved to the country, but in recent years the population has declined and there is a growing population of foreign students.
Sofia’s celebration was notable in the Balkan region, as well as in the United States.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, nearly one in five people in the U.S. said they had traveled to Bulgaria for the independence day festivities.
The festivities were also a chance to show solidarity with the people of the country of Bulgaria and the struggle for freedom, the organizers of the event told The Associated Press.
The organizers, Bulgarian House of Cheese, made the feta-bacon cheeseburgers in a kitchen in the city, which was closed to the public.
They served them on plates that were decorated with Bulgarian national flags and the words, “Welcome to Bulgaria!”
The city’s mayor, Vadim Ivanov, said that while many Bulgarian people may have missed the day’s celebrations, they were thankful to the people for taking the time to enjoy them.
“We didn’t celebrate the day of independence, but the day that we saw this big smile on our faces and people were saying hello, that is what we are grateful for,” Ivanov said.
The cheese is also being sold at the Bulgarian House on Facebook.
A large amount of people gathered to eat and take pictures, including a young girl who said she was “worried” that she wouldn’t be able to return home.
“I was worried that my mother wouldn’t see me, I was worried about my father,” she said.
“But, I’m happy to see people are happy.”
Sofia has a vibrant culture, and a small group of people have been known to be involved in the celebration.
“The cheesebars are really a reflection of Bulgaria,” said Dmytro Dzorak, a member of the city council who is also a lawyer.
“There is an enthusiasm, a great energy, there is so much support.
It is an exciting time.”