Romania National day around the world in 2019

Romania National day around the world in 2019
  How long until Romania National day?
This holiday next takes place in 167 days.
  Dates of Romania National day around the world
2020RomaniaDec 1
Romania Tue, Dec 1National Holiday
2019RomaniaDec 1
Romania Sun, Dec 1National Holiday
2018RomaniaDec 1
Romania Sat, Dec 1National Holiday
2017RomaniaDec 1
Romania Fri, Dec 1National Holiday
2016RomaniaDec 1
Romania Thu, Dec 1National Holiday
  Summary
The National day of Romania and celebrates the Union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918

When is Great Union Day?

This public holiday is always celebrated on December 1st. In Romanian, it is known as 'Ziua Marii Uniri' and may also be known as Unification Day or 1918 Union Day.

It is the National day of Romania and celebrates the Union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918.

History of Great Union Day

Romania had declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877, with the country comprised of the principalities of Moldova and Wallachia.

Following the end of World War I, during the reign of King Ferdinand I, Romania almost doubled in size when Transylvania and the provinces of Bessarabia and Bukovina unified with Romania.

The declaration of unification happened in Alba Iulia on December 1st 1918. The declaration was read by Vasile Goldis, Romanian academician and politician, during a public event which was attended by over 100,000 Romanians.

During World War II, Romania lost Basarabia (present-day Moldova) and Bucovina in 1940, with both regions being annexed by the Soviet Republic.

Romania's national day has moved around a few times over the years. Before 1918, the national day was observed on May 10th which marked both Carol I's entrance into Romania in 1866 and his subsequent declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877. During the period of communist rule from 1944, the national day became August 23rd which marked the overthrow of the fascist government in 1944. Following the end of communist rule in 1990, December 1st was made the national day.

How is Great Union Day celebrated?

Great Union Day is marked by a large military parade in the capital, Bucharest. Speeches will be made in Bucharest and Alba Iulia, where the declaration of the union was first read out. Elsewhere, local events will remember the Romanians who lost their lives in World War I.

To commemorate the centenary of Great Union Day, 4807 people gathered to recreate the silhouette of Romania in Alba Iulia on September 29th 2018, making it the Largest human image of a country/ continent ever as ratified by Guinness World Records.

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