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National Anthem Day in Romania

In Romania, July 29th is observed annually as National Anthem Day. Although this day is not a public holiday, it is one that is widely observed across the country and celebrates the country’s national anthem. This anthem is known as “Deșteaptă-te, române” and it is sung or listened to by Romanians every year on this date.

The name of this anthem translates into English as “Awaken thee, Romanian!” On this day, there are also public celebrations that take place at public memorials across the country, particularly at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol Park in Bucharest. It is a day of profound national pride for Romanians everywhere.

The History of Romania’s National Anthem

The national anthem of Romania was written and published during the Wallachian Revolution of 1848. The lyrics were first composed by Andrei Mureșanu, a Romanian poet and revolutionary, and were originally written in the Romanian Cyrillic alphabet.

The first time it was publicly sung was in the city of Brașov. It immediately became associated with the revolution and became a revolutionary anthem. This is when it was renamed from its original title, “Un răsunet” (An echo), to “Deșteaptă-te, române.”

Since its acceptance as a revolutionary anthem, it has been used for all Romanian conflicts. It was prominently used during the Romanian Revolution of 1989, and on January 24, 1990, it became the national anthem of Romania. Not long after, July 29th was designated National Anthem Day.

Observing National Anthem Day in Romania

This holiday is observed every year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. There are also smaller events at memorials all across the country. Many of these events are not only attended by political leaders but also by religious leaders.

There is also usually a military parade, as well as a parade of veterans. On this day, the national flag is raised in Romania and, of course, the national anthem is performed all across the country.

Where is it celebrated?
Romania (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 29 Monday
Next year (2025)
July 29 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
July 29 Saturday