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Monday, 19 February 2018

100 Years of the Romanian Embassy in Poland

Dearest sweethearts,

I don't get to write often about the Romanian Community in Poland but I think that today's the day in which I can start to remediate that. According to the estimations of the Romanian Embassy in Poland, the Romanian Community in Poland amounts to approximately 5000 people - out of which 2200 have permanent residence in Poland. The Romanian people living in Poland are uniformly distributed around the country but the most they can be found in the capital city (Warsaw) and it's surroundings (approximately a third), but also in the Silesian Voivodeship, S-W of Poland and Wroclaw. To that number we can also add the community of Polish immigrants that are originally from Bucovina (Romania), Romanian people that have immigrated before 1989 (and after) and people from mixed marriages - 60 people - that live now in the West of Poland (Lubuskie Voivodeship). Because of the small number, Romanian people are not recognised as an ethnical minority in Poland - take into consideration the large number of Ukrainians and you will understand the difference. 
The "Bucovina Community" from Zielona Gora organises annually the meeting of the Bucovina people. They built from their own funds and with partial support of the local authorities, the "Bucovina House" from the ethnographic park Ochla - people can gather there and there is also a museum of folk traditions from Bucovina region. The association has also their own folk dance group (all ages) and a folk music group. 
Even though there are no schools that teach Romanian language, inside the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and in the Institute of Romanitisc languages (The "Adam Mickiewicz" University in Poznan), there are classes of Romanian language - the "lektor" can teach you about Romanian literature, culture and civilisation. Also, even though there are no Romanian churches or places to worship, orthodox or neoprotestant ones, the Romanian Embassy in Poland organises in Warsaw ceremonies for the Romanian Community. They cooperate with the Warsaw Church heads and realise the ceremony with the help of 3 Polish orthodox priests that have finished the Theologic Semminary in Iasi (my hometown). In Krakow, we have the priest Marius Bucevschi, who indulges us by having the ceremony in Romanian language at least once a month - Sunday afternoon in the Mariacki Church in Krakow.  

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves Poland and Romania - and their shared history!

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