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Unification Day

Public and national holidays in Romania National Holiday in Romania

Sunset in Retezat mountain, Romanian Carpathians

When is Unification Day?

How long until Unification Day?
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Dates of Unification Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Thursday January 24th
2018 Wednesday January 24th
2017 Tuesday January 24th
2016 Sunday January 24th
2015 Saturday January 24th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Ziua Unirii
Summary
Holiday since 2015. Marks the political union between Wallachia and Moldavia in 1859

This public holiday is always celebrated on 24 January.

In Romanian, it is known as 'Ziua Unirii' and may also be known as 'Little Union Day'. It celebrates the Union of the Romanian Principalities in 1859.

History of Unification Day

Since the 14th century, Moldavia and Wallachia had been principalities in Eastern Europe. In 1859, Alexandru Ioan Cuza was elected as ruler in both principalities, creating the Union of the Romanian Principalities.

The offical name of the country after the union was The Romanian United Principalities. In 1866, it was renamed Romania and then the Kingdom of Romania in 1881.

This unification is seen as a key event in the formation of the Romanian national state. On 1 December 1918, Transylvania, Banat, Crisana and Maramures joined Romania. This second union event is commemorated by Grand Union Day, the National holiday of Romania.

This day only became a public holiday in 2015.

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