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Unification Day in Romania

Unification Day (Ziua Unirii) is a public holiday in Romania on January 24 to celebrate the union of modern Romania. It is not to be confused with Great Union Day on December 1.

Is Unification Day a Public Holiday?

Unification Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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Love for a unified Romania: Unification Day is celebrated throughout the country on January 24.
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Celebrate Unification Day

Many Romanians have the day off work and school on Unification Day. It is a time to reflect on and celebrate the unification of Romania.

Public Life

Unification Day is a national public holiday in Romania so banks, public offices, and many private businesses are closed. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.

About Unification Day

On January 24, 1862, Moldavia and Wallachia formally united to create the United Principalities. Along with Transylvania, these principalities were seen as crucial in the foundation of modern Romania. A new constitution came into effect in 1866, with the country being officially named Romania. After much discussion over the years, the Romanian government announced in 2014 that Unification Day would be a public holiday from 2015 onwards.

Unification Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatJan 24Unification DayNational holiday
2016SunJan 24Unification DayNational holiday
2017TueJan 24Unification DayNational holiday
2018WedJan 24Unification DayNational holiday
2019ThuJan 24Unification DayNational holiday
2020FriJan 24Unification DayNational holiday

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