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June 25, 2022

January 15, National Culture Day

As of next year, January 15 will mark not only the commemoration of national poet Mihai Eminescu’s birthday, but also Romania’s National Culture Day. The decision was made, on Tuesday, by the Deputies, who adopted the bill initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), with 175 votes “in favour”, one “against” and two blank votes, “Jurnalul National” reports. Thus, the central and local public authorities will offer material and financial support to the organizing of cultural manifestations to mark this day, and the Ministry of Culture is expected to draft an annual guide of these manifestations. At the same time, the Romanian radio and television broadcasting corporations will produce and broadcast programmes dedicated to this day.

PSD deputy Adrian Solomon, one of the initiators of the bill, claims the idea of instituting a National Culture Day originated with his colleague, Victor Socaciu, and argues they decided for Eminescu’s birthday as a means of paying homage to our values. “It will be a day for cultural projects,” Solomon added. The project was also backed by the national minorities group, as well as the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), and the deputy Lakatos Petru, who welcomed the initiative, stated that the Hungarian Culture Day is celebrated one week later. In presenting their reasons, the initiators mention as examples countries which decided to institute a national culture day, including Spain (corresponding to the day of Cervantes’s death), Portugal (national poet Camões’s birthday), or Italy, where, on Dante’s birthday, public festivals, public readings and book fairs are held in all the cities.

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