About 5,000 people have attended on Sunday the Tebea National Celebrations, an event devoted to the memory of national hero Avram Iancu who died 147 years ago.
The high-profile figures present at the celebrations include Premier Viorica Dancila, Minister of Public Finances Eugen Teodorovici, Culture Minister Daniel Breaz, Deputy Prime Minister Mihai Fifor, Minister for Romanians Everywhere Natalia Intotero, European Funds Minister Roxana Manzatu, Transport Minister Razvan Cuc, Minister for the Business environment Radu Oprea, leaders of political parties, presidential candidates MPs, mayors, prefects and county council presidents.
A memorial service was celebrated in the morning in the Tebea church and then in the cemetery, followed by an evocation of history.
“On this autumn Sunday, on the day of the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, we delivered the remembrance and memorial service for those who laid down their lives for the Romanian people and for the ancestral faith. There are 147 years since the passing of national hero Avram Iancu, who led ‘Motilor Land’ and the Transylvanian armies for the defence of these realms. (…) We have all been to the graves of our grandparents and parents to recollect and pray. And what did they urge us to do? To love our family, our country and faith, love the Romanians and foreigners. And here we are at Avram Iancu’s grave, to pay him tribute. He taught us the same: to love our country and family, sacrifice ourselves on the altar of the country and on the altar of our ancestors’ faith,” vicar bishop of the Arad Diocese Emilian Crisanul said in his address.
At the end of the religious service led by Deva bishop Gurie, flower wreaths were laid on behalf of the state authorities and institutions.
In the afternoon, the Tebea National Celebrations saw a folklore show by well-known artists.
Avram Iancu was born in 1824 in a family of well-off highlanders in the Vidra de Sus commune. A lawyer by profession, Avram Iancu was one of the spearheads of the Transylvanian Romanian intellectuals’ fight for social and national emancipation.
He played a key role in the 1848 Revolution and was one of the initiators and organizers of the April 30, May 15-17 and September 15-23, 1848 public assemblies in Blaj; as the leader of the Apuseni Mountains armed peasants and miners, he was well-loved by his troops.
Avram Iancu died on September 10, 1872 in the Baia de Cris commune and was buried three days later in the Tebea cemetery, near Horea’s sessile oak.