Romania Great Union National Day

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AKA NameRomanian National Day, Ziua Națională/Marea Unire
Hashtags#GreatUnification, #MareaUnirii, #ZiuaUnirii
2019 Date1 December 2019
2020 Date1 December 2020
Romania Great Union National Day

Romania Great Union National Day History

Great Union Day, also known as Romanian National Day, celebrates the union of Romanian territories. On 1 December 1918, the Kingdom of Romania, then composed of Moldova and Wallachia, united with Transylvania, Crisana, Satmar, Banat and Maramures areas. 10 days later, on 11 December, King Ferdinand I signed the law and united the Romanian territories into one.

Great Union Day is celebrated annually on 1 December to mark the date on which the union was agreed upon. Throughout the years, the date has changed to mark other monumental events in Romania's history however now it is always celebrated on 1 December. The day has been celebrated officially since 1990 after Soviet and communist rule fell in Romania.

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Romania Great Union National Day Facts & Quotes

  • The Union paperwork was signed in the city of Alba Iulia. The declaration was then read out publicly to a large audience of Romanians.
  • Moldova and Bucovina were later annexed to the Soviet Union, a part of Transylvania was lost to Hungary and Cadrilater lost to Bulgaria.
  • The monarchy of Romania ruled until 1947 when Romania became a republic.
  • Romania gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1878.
  • The lands named in the resolution of the Alba-Iulia National Assembly of the 18th of November 1918 are and remain forever united with the Kingdom of Romania. - King Ferdinand I of Romania

Romania Great Union National Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the massive military parade in the nation's capital of Bucharest. There are thousands of troops that appear during the parade as well patriotic acts and national dancing.
  • Wear your national colours. It is customary to wear the colours of the Romanian flag which represent different provinces of Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. Get out your yellow, red and blue.
  • Indulge in traditional Romanian dishes to celebrate the nation. Some of our favourites are: sarmale, ciorba de burta, polenta and mici.
  • Read a book about Romania's long history, culture and heritage. Some of our suggestions are: Nationalism and Identity in Romania, A Concise History of Romanians and In Europe's Shadow.
  • Spread awareness for the day by posting pictures of yourself in national colours and using hashtags such as #GreatUnionDay, #RomaniaUnification, #MareaUnire and #RomanianNationalDay.

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