On December 1, Romanians celebrate the unification of Transylvania into ‘Greater Romania’ in 1918. In the wake of the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after WW I, on December 1, 1918, citizens of Transylvania, Banat County, Crisana County and Maramures County met in the city of Alba-Iulia and voted to join Romania. This was ratified in the Romanian Chamber of Deputies and Senate 29 days later. This act was internationally formalized by the signing of the Treaty of Trianon on June 4, 1920, between Romania and Hungary. This brought the three provinces of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania into the united kingdom of Romania.
National Day celebrations across the country
Authorities in Romania’s large cities including Brasov, Sibiu, Arad, Cluj, Constanta and Timisoara will hold National Day ceremonies, fanfare concerts or performances by popular singers and bands, as well as fireworks or “popular meals” consisting of beans and pork barrel. The Capital will host the traditional military parade, which will be opened by a 9-year-old girl, Anne Marie Bontea, who made her horse-riding debut at the Arezzo, Italy, equestrian event, and won no fewer than ten diplomas at national and international contests within the space of a mere six months. The Bucharest parade is accompanied by traffic restrictions, as follows: 9.00 am – 2:00 pm, traffic is closed on Kiseleff Main Road, between Press Square and Victoria Square, on Alexandru Constantinescu St., between Arcul de Triumf <Arch of Triumph> Square and Marasti Blvd, on Maresal <Marshal> Alexandru Averescu, between Arcul de Triumf Square and Marasti Blvd., and on Constantin Prezan Blvd., between Arcul de Triumf Square and the Charles de Gaulle Square. Temporary traffic restrictions apply as follows: Architect Ion Mincu St., between Aviatorilor Blvd. and Ion Mihalache Blvd. in Alba Iulia, the city of the Grand Union 1918, the National Day will be celebrated with great pump, a “popular meal”, and concerts, too. Alba authorities blamed government for not giving proper attention to the holiday, as PM Victor Ponta would not make available the event budget requested, which was even higher than that allotted for the celebrations in the capital city.