Today we celebrate our scholars, teachers, enlighteners and revolutionaries who are so many that they are impossible to enumerate by name. They created, preserved and bequeathed the Bulgarian national consciousness to us and for us to preserve. Their deeds form the fundaments on which Bulgaria stands. And as on National Awakening Day we worship the personalities who have shaped the Bulgarian spirituality in the past, it is even more important to realise how much such people are needed today. The teacher - to awaken thirst for knowledge, the doctor - to heal both the body and the soul, the architect, the artist, the musician - to give us beauty, the librarian - to give our children their first books, the journalist - to discover the truth. And let us always remember the words of the first among the national scholars Paisius of Hilendar, because above all we are Bulgarians:

"O foolish oaf! Why are you ashamed to call yourself a Bulgarian, and you do not read and speak your own language? Or did the Bulgarians have no kingdom and state? For so many years they have reigned and were glorious and renowned throughout the land, and many times they have levied taxed the powerful Romans and the wise Greeks. Tsars and kings alike gave them their royal daughters for wives to earn peace and love with the Bulgarian kings. Of all Slavic nations, the most glorious were the Bulgarians, first they were called kings, first they had a patriarch, first they were baptized, they have conquered the most land. Thus, from all Slavic nations, the first Slavic saints, the strongest and most revered, have emerged from a Bulgarian pedigree and language. For all this I have written chronologically in this history. For this Bulgarians have testimony in other nations' histories, because everything is true about the Bulgarians, as I already told you."



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