President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday participates in the events organised on the occasion of celebrating the Day of the Unification of the Romanian Principalities, in Iasi, the Presidential Administration informs.
On this occasion, he will participate in the ‘Te Deum’ religious service, will deliver a speech and will lay a wreath of flowers at the monument of Alexandru Ioan Cuza and a wreath at the tomb of ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza (photo) , at ‘Three Holy Hierarchs’ Church.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta confirmed earlier this week that he will attend the events organised by the local authorities in Iasi to celebrate the 156th anniversary of the Unification of Moldavia with the Principality of Wallachia, the so-called Small Union of Romania.
The mayors of Chisinau and Cernauti are also expected to attend the events organised in Iasi, on January 24, in the Union Square, Gheorghe Nichita, the city mayor, told a press conference earlier this week.
Union Day celebration in Bucharest
The Union Day of January 24, when the Romanian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia united in 1859 will be celebrated at the Patriarchal Cathedral, in schools and cultural units in the capital on Saturday by a range of events, Agerpres reports.
Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Metropolitan Bishops Nifon of Wallachia and Sofronie Miclescu of Moldavia as well as other figures who achieved the Union of the Romanian Principalities will be remembered at the Holy Liturgy officiated at the Patriarchal Cathedral on Saturday.
After the Holy Liturgy, there will be officiated a Te Deum ‘to thank God for the achievement of this great act in the history of the Romanian people, to the fulfilment of which the Romanian Orthodox Church had an important contribution’.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, wreaths will be laid at the monument of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, while starting 11:30 a.m. the Holy Synod Hall of the Patriarch’s Residence will host a session of scientific reports on ‘The Beneficial Consequences of the Union of the Romanian Principalities’ organised by the Romanian Patriarch’s Office and the Romanian Academy.
Over 350 pre-schoolers from 25 Bucharest kindergartens will dance as part of the 10th edition of the competition ‘The Little Stars’ Dance’ organised by Spectrum Primary School and the International School of Bucharest starting 9:30 a.m.
‘The Little Stars’ Dance’ is a competition targeting the pre-school children, chiefly aimed at encouraging and launching talented children, while at the same time offering the little ones the chance to perform in front of their parents, teachers and other audience.
The Union Day was marked earlier this week in Bucharest schools by cultural and artistic activities and competitions; School No. 117 organised The European Club event on Thursday, in which pupils from several schools in the capital and in the nearby towns of Bragadiru, Domnesti and Clinceni took part.
The drawings made as part of the contest will be displayed at the twin schools of School No 117 from departments Uskudar and Kadikoy of Istanbul School Inspectorate.
‘Action 2012’ Unionist Platform will organise a flash-mob on Saturday to mark the 156th anniversary of the unification. Thus, around 100 unionists will gather at the Bridge in the United Nations Square, where they will unfold a five-meter-wide tricolour flag over the Dambovita river.
Hundreds of flower bunches will be thrown in the river crossing Bucharest, thus re-enacting the events in the early 1990s, when a ‘Flower Bridge’ was set up over the Prut river that forms the boundary with the Republic of Moldova. It was for the first time after World War Two that the Romanian-Soviet border could be crossed without papers. The organisers of the flash-mob will also put banners with messages calling for the reunification of the two Romanian states.
The historic moment of the Union of the Romanian Principalities was achieved on January 24, 1856 by the Deputies’ Assembly in Bucharest, in a building belonging to the Church, located on the Metropolitan See Hill, where the Patriarchal Palace lies today.
The 1859 Union was a first important stage in the achievement of the Romanian national unitary state.
The Union was accomplished when Alexandru Ioan Cuza was elected prince of Wallachia on January 24, after he had been elected prince of Moldavia on January 5.