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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Romania's Great Union Day

Dearest hearts,

Let's face it! Romania is not such a popular country and most probably people that are now 40-50 years old might know more about it than you do! They might have cheered up for the amazing gymnasts that we had, for the fabulously gracious Nadia Comaneci - who scored the perfect 10 at the Olympics in Montreal; your father might even remember Hagi and our football team; you... on the other you might know only Transylvania from the horror novels with Dracula. Fear not, Romania is not our about that and you need not fear about vampires and being with you holy water when you visit. As I said, Romania is by no means a popular country, a popular choice for holidays... everyone knows when The Independence Day for USA is but I bet you did not know that today, in Romania, there is one of the biggest national holidays - a free day for one and all: Great Union Day!
Wikipedia: Great Union Day (Romanian: Ziua Marii Uniri, also called Unification Day) occurring on December 1, is the national holiday of Romania. It commemorates the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, which declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania. This holiday was set after the Romanian Revolution and it marks the unification of Transylvania, but also of the provinces of Bessarabia (ro: Basarabia) and Bukovina (ro: Bucovina) with the Romanian Kingdom, in 1918. Prior to 1948, the national holiday of Romania was set to be on May 10, which had a double meaning: it was the day on which Carol I set foot on the Romanian soil (in 1866), and it was the day on which the prince ratified the Declaration of Independence (from the Ottoman Empire) in 1877. In Communist Romania, the date of the national holiday was set to August 23 to mark the 1944 overthrow of the pro-fascist government of Marshal Ion Antonescu.
The King and Queen of Romania entering Bucharest
If you wish to see a parade in town, in Romania, especially in the big cities, than this day is the perfect pick. I recommend Alba Iulia and Bucharest for the best ones ;) though Iasi (my homecity) also has decent ones ;) People gather around in the Union Square and they do the traditional "hora" - traditional Romanian dance that is done in a circle, people joining hands. I love this tradition as it brings people together of all ages, status, ideas... for a moment they all have something in common through the rhythm of the music. If ever you are there during this celebration, close your eyes and open up your heart and dance with all the dozen upon dozen of people gathered! Happy 1st of December, Romania!

Yours very much sincerly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug - born and raised in a fine country that once was Romania

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