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National Anthem Day in Romania

Many Romanians celebrate National Anthem Day (Ziua Imnului Național) by performing or listening to the national anthem, Deşteaptă-te, române!, on July 29 every year.

Romanian soldiers dressed to celebrate national events like Anthem Day.
Romanian soldiers dressed to celebrate national events like Anthem Day.

What do people do?

Romania’s National Anthem Day is usually celebrated at a public place, such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol Park in Romania’s capital Bucharest. Celebrations include a public ceremony attended by national political and religious leaders, officers serving the armed forces, and war veterans. Official uniforms are worn, the national flag is raised high, and the national anthem is performed on the day.

Public life

National Anthem Day is an observance and not a public holiday in Romania.


The Romanian anthem, Deşteaptă-te, române!, is known as “Awaken thee, Romanian!” or “Wake up, Romanian!” in English. Romanian poet Andrei Mureşanu (1816-1863) wrote the lyrics and it was first performed during the European Revolution in 1848. It was outlawed during the Communist years in Romania until immediately after the country’s anti-Communist revolution in 1989. The anthem’s popularity heightened and was sung by crowds on the streets, so it was soon chosen as the country’s national anthem.


Romania’s anthem has been a song dear to Romanians for many years. The title itself, “Deşteaptă-te, române!” (Awaken thee, Romanian!), has evoked a sense of unity, courage, and patriotism among Romanians during crucial moments in Romania’s modern history, like the Independence War (1877-78), World War I (1914-18), and the Romanian revolution in 1989.

National Anthem Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunJul 291990National Anthem DayObservance
MonJul 291991National Anthem DayObservance
WedJul 291992National Anthem DayObservance
ThuJul 291993National Anthem DayObservance
FriJul 291994National Anthem DayObservance
SatJul 291995National Anthem DayObservance
MonJul 291996National Anthem DayObservance
TueJul 291997National Anthem DayObservance
WedJul 291998National Anthem DayObservance
ThuJul 291999National Anthem DayObservance
SatJul 292000National Anthem DayObservance
SunJul 292001National Anthem DayObservance
MonJul 292002National Anthem DayObservance
TueJul 292003National Anthem DayObservance
ThuJul 292004National Anthem DayObservance
FriJul 292005National Anthem DayObservance
SatJul 292006National Anthem DayObservance
SunJul 292007National Anthem DayObservance
TueJul 292008National Anthem DayObservance
WedJul 292009National Anthem DayObservance
ThuJul 292010National Anthem DayObservance
FriJul 292011National Anthem DayObservance
SunJul 292012National Anthem DayObservance
MonJul 292013National Anthem DayObservance
TueJul 292014National Anthem DayObservance
WedJul 292015National Anthem DayObservance
FriJul 292016National Anthem DayObservance
SatJul 292017National Anthem DayObservance
SunJul 292018National Anthem DayObservance
MonJul 292019National Anthem DayObservance
WedJul 292020National Anthem DayObservance

Quick Facts

Romania’s Anthem Day (Ziua Imnului Național) is an annual observance on July 29.

National Anthem Day 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

National Anthem Day 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016


Name in other languages

Ziua Imnului naţionalRomanian
National Anthem DayEnglish
Tag der NationalhymneGerman
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