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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 honor guard 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
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 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

National Anthem Day 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019


Name in other languages

Ziua Imnului naţionalRomanian
National Anthem DayEnglish
Tag der NationalhymneGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Fun Holiday on July 29, 2018

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