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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.

Is National Anthem Day a Public Holiday?

National Anthem Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Romanian soldiers dressed to celebrate national events like Anthem Day.

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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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2016FriJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2017SatJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2018SunJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2019MonJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2020WedJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2021ThuJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
2022FriJul 29National Anthem DayObservance
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