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Flagging Nationhood: Events And Symbols

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Commemorations and national anniversaries are occasions when nationhood is flagged. National anniversaries are celebrated with ceremonial pomp according to specific formalities. Celebrating a national anniversary was a frequent phenomenon in the post-war public life of Bulgaria. The Agitation and Propaganda Section of the Central Committee of the BCP and the National Committee of the Fatherland Front often called on the Bulgarian people to celebrate commemorative events. The national anniversaries and commemorations celebrated under the supervision of the BCP are divided into three categories: (i) those of plainly national character (ii) those of national and international character, and (iii) those of largely socialist character. The BCP used the national symbols to show its own image of the nation. Its own nationalism is depicted by on the Bulgarian national symbols.

Keywords: Bulgaria; commemorative events; international character; national anniversaries; national character; national flag; national symbol; socialist character



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