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Romanian Language Day: Mother tongue of around 30 million individuals, taught as a foreign language in universities in 45 countries

*President Iohannis encourages Romanian families worldwide to teach their children Romanian language

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday conveyed a message on the occasion of the Romanian Language Day, encouraging Romanian families worldwide to teach their children the language of their homeland.

“Today, August 31, we celebrate one of the most important elements that define our national identity. The Romanian language expresses our culture, values and the richness of our traditions, uniting us all those who speak it in a large spiritual community, regardless of where we live,” the head of the state said in the message, as cited by the Presidential Administration.

He encourages Romanian families everywhere to teach their children Romanian.

“In this day of celebration, my thoughts go to the Romanians in the country, to those in the Republic of Moldova, as well as to those living in the diaspora, for whom the language is a vital connection with their origins and national identity. I encourage Romanian families everywhere to teach their children Romanian and urge them not only to know, but also to love their mother tongue,” said Iohannis.

The head of the state wishes “Many long years” to all the speakers of Romanian, wherever they are.

PM Ponta: Romanian language, the cornerstone of Romanians’ national identity

Prime Minister Victor Ponta says the Day of Romanian Language is a spiritual celebration of all Romanians from Romania, the Republic of Moldova and everywhere else.

“The Day of Romanian Language – a spiritual celebration of Romanians from Romania, the Republic of Moldova and elsewhere! It is a day when we celebrate our common heritage and value, when we can proudly say that the Romanian language is the cornerstone of our identity, the sweetest language there is. We may find speaking and writing Romanian a routine, but our predecessors’ fight for it was tough and the win to the European culture by Romanian creators is priceless. Many happy returns of the day to all!” Prime Minister Ponta wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

The Day of Romanian Language was created under a parliament’s law in 2013. The law says the Day of Romanian Language will be celebrated in cultural, educational and artistic events that evoke the history of Romanian language by the public administrations of Romania and the country’s diplomatic missions abroad, including the cultural centres of Romania and other such organisations. The Day of Romanian Language is also celebrated in the Republic of Moldova.

Senate Chairman: To learn Romanian means to know Romanian people identity, personality and soul

Senate Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu says that to learn the Romanian language means to get to know the Romanian people identity, personality and soul.

“In our history, language was the factor that united Romanians at crucial moments. Preserving and developing the Romanian language are the outcome of efforts by generations of Romanians along centuries. To learn the Romanian language means to get to know the Romanian people identity, personality and soul. The Romanian language holds an honourable place today among the official languages of the European Union. As Romanians, it is our duty to show the highest respect to our ancestral language by speaking it correctly and teaching our children to do the same,” Tariceanu wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

He says the national language, along with the national flag and anthem, is a symbol providing authenticity to Romania.

“Together with the national flag and the national anthem, the language of the Romanian people represents a symbol of our nation and an identity element in a world undergoing globalisation. The Romanian language was the means through which our predecessors communicated the hopes that animated the feelings of our people,” Tariceanu also says, on the occasion of the Day of Romanian Language.

ForMin Aurescu: Romanian language gives us the feeling of belonging to common conscience, historic past

The language is an instrument for affirming the Latin roots of the Romanian people which confers strength and vitality to cultural and spiritual creations of the Romanian people and it gives the feeling of belonging to a conscience and a common historic past, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu stated on the Romanian Language Day (August 31).

The Romanian Language Day is “an occasion for Romanians, wherever they are, as well as for all of those who know, write, learn and speak the Romanian language, to treasure the linguistic and cultural heritage,” theMinistry of Foreign Affairs stated in a release to Agerpres on Monday.

“For Romanian communities abroad, the language is the main element for preserving and strengthening national identity, as well as a factor for cohesion within communities. (…) The Romanian Language Day brings makes us think of the importance of preserving and studying Romanian historic dialects such as Aromanian, Megleno-Romanian and Istro-Romanian, some of which are in danger of disappearing, and of harnessing this European cultural heritage. I urge every Romanian, wherever they are, to be proud of their language, to strive to preserve it and to contribute, in their own way, to spread the use the Romanian language in Europe and around the world, wherever major Romanian communities and citizens are living,” the document quoted minister Aurescu.

According to the press release, the Romanian Language Day is celebrated both at home and abroad, including within the Romanian diplomatic missions around the world.

“I am certain that the efforts and constant undertakings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at encouraging the study of the Romanian language in the international academic environment, as well as the implementation of several educational projects in partnership with several countries contributes today to the promotion of Romania’s image, and of our culture and values worldwide,” Aurescu stated.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled that Romanian, the mother tongue of around 30 million individuals, is taught as a foreign language in universities in 45 countries.

The MAE informed that among its priorities on the topic include facilitating the study of Romanian language within the Romanian communities and in international universities, by running educational projects in partnership with other countries.

“The MAE supports the activity of lectureships for Romanian language, culture and civilization abroad, as well as the implementation of the project ‘Romanian language culture and civilization’ designed for Romanian students enrolled in teaching institutions in Belgium, Italy and Spain, which is set to include other countries. Also, the scholarship programme offered by the Romanian state via MAE to foreign citizens counts among its objectives the promotion of Romanian language and that of a thorough knowledge of our country by the foreign public,” the release states.

According to the aforementioned source, several Romanian embassies, consulates and cultural institutions abroad organize or have organized already events marking the occasion, alongside activities aimed at promoting Romania and at strengthening ties with Romanian communities in countries where they are active.

The events “include concerts, folk music shows or poetry readings (Cahul and Ismail – Moldova, Graz – Austria, Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Madrid, Tel Aviv), exhibitions dedicated to major Romanian writers ( Chisinau), lectures (Lisbon, Venice, Odessa, Beijing, Istanbul, Addis Abeba), film screenings (Amman, Istanbul), theatre performances (Stockholm), participations to ethnographic festivals (Prague), meetings with Romanian communities in the region (Athens, Paris and so on),” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned.

Celebration of Romanian Language Day in the “Titan Park”

The Romanian Language Day is celebrated since 2013 on August 31, but several Sunday events in Bucharest have anticipated it.

Poet and philosopher Lucian Blaga was celebrated throughout the day in the ‘Titan’ Park. The municipality of Bucharest’s 3rd District has provided hammocks and rocking chairs for a reading rest. Writers Doina Rusti and Ioan Grosan, alongside Professor Silviu Angelescu have hosted workshops for open dialogue with the public starting at noon. At 6pm, the MundiColour Orchestra and its soloist Ana Cebotari have brought old Romanian music in the park, at the ‘Our Language’ Concert. At 7pm, special guest actor Dorel Visan has recited some of Blaga’s poems, accompanied by flutist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu. An exhibition on Blaga’s life and works has been open throughout the day.

Also in this park, ten publishing houses sold signed copies of books by Romanian authors.

A separate exhibition was dedicated to the history of the 22nd ‘George Enescu’ international music festival, which has begun on Sunday.
The Romanian Language Day was created under a Parliament’s law in 2013, providing that it shall be celebrated by the public authorities in Romania and the country’s diplomatic missions abroad, including the cultural centers of Romania and other such organizations, in cultural, educational and artistic events that evoke the history of Romanian language. The Day of Romanian Language is also celebrated in the Republic of Moldova.

Romanian Culture Association organize artistic event in Serbia’s Timoc

The ‘Ariadnae Filum’ Romanian Culture Association organized an artistic event on Sunday, in the municipal library of Bor, Serbia, with the participation of several Romanian language students of Serbia and Romania.

The Association’s president Zavisa Jurj told Agerpres that the event was occasioned by the Romanian Language Day (August 31) and more than 100 Romanians of the Timoc area attended. “Poems in Romanian were recited, and the amateur artists of the Association sang Romanian Banat old songs specific to northeastern Serbia ethnic areas,” he said.

He recalled the “dramatic” situation of the Romanian ethnic minority in Serbia, where optional Romanian language courses were difficultly introduced. “Unfortunately, the authorities do not support our movement for the consolidation of Romanians’ national identity; their purpose is to maintain the confusion to push us even further from the Latin vein of Romanian language,” Jurj asserted.

According to him, more than 300,000 ethnic Romanians are the majority in 154 villages in Serbia.

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