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March 7, 2021

Timisoara marks 21 years since anti-communist revolution

The 21-year anniversary celebrations of the start in Timisoara of the Revolution of 1989 began Thursday afternoon with a programme of Christmas carols and customs and of folk songs and dances performed by the “Doina Timisului” Ensemble of the Timisoara House of Students.

The evening events included an exhibition open through Dec. 30 of glass and wood-painted icons entitled “The Birth of the Saviour and the Rebirth of Romania after December 1989” in the foyer of the local Opera House, also home to a performance of Christmas carols and religious songs. Candles were lit in Victory Square in remembrance of those who gave their lives for freedom and democracy.

This year’s events are organized by the Association of Timisoara Fighters Arrested during the Revolution.
Local officials declared Friday, December 17 a day of mourning, with events organized by the Association “December 17 of the Wounded and Fighters in the Revolution in Timisoara” including a Timisoara Cathedral remembrance religious service for the martyr heroes, followed by a pilgrimage at heroes’ graves and martyrdom sites – the monument in front of the Cathedral, at the Martyrs’ Church, where the urns are kept containing the ashes of the 40 martyrs cremated at Bucharest’s “Ash” Cre­matorium, at the Cemetery of the Heroes and the Poor – where there will be held offices of the dead and remembrance sermons.

Pilgrimages and wreath-laying ceremonies will take place at martyrdom sites Saturday, Dec. 18. On Monday, Dec. 20, the sound of sirens will blow for three minutes to mark the moment when Timisoara became a free city again.

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