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December 7, 2022

Romania to celebrate National Anthem Day today

The National Anthem Day of Romania is celebrated each year on July 29, as stipulated by Law no. 99/1998. ‘Desteapta-te romane! [Awaken Thee, Romanian!]’ is the national anthem of Romania, a symbol of the unity of the 1848 Romanian Revolution, Agerpres informs. Romania’s anthem was first sung on July 29, 1848 in the Zavoi park in Ramnicu Valcea county (south-western Romania). The song is a symbiosis between the patriotic poem written by Andrei Muresan, published in the June-July 1848 edition of the supplement ‘Sheet of paper for the mind, heart and literature’ and a song by Anton Pann. The profound patriotic and national content of the poem was likely to rouse the numerous gatherings of the Forty-Eighters, for national rights, especially from Transylvania. Nicolae Balcescu called this anthem ‘a true Romanian Marseillaise.’ The anthem was intoned during the Independence War, the First World War and the Great Union in 1918, as well as in the Second World War. ‘Awaken Thee, Romanian!’ has been banned during the ruling of the communist regime for about half a century. But the anthem was sung during the uprising in Brasov on Nov. 15, 1987 and the Dec. 1989 Revolution. ‘Desteapta-te romane!’ became Romania’s National Anthem again, immediately after the December 1989 Revolution, being decreed through the Constitution of 1991. According to Romania’s Constitution, the National Anthem, alongside the National Flag, the coat of arms and the State’s seal are seen as national symbols.

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