October 12, the Spanish National Day, marks the date, 529 years ago, when three vessels, sponsored by the Spanish Crown, with a handful of brave Spaniards onboard, ventured into uncharted waters and successfully sailed across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in human History. In their quest to reach the Moluccas Islands using an unexplored westward maritime route, the expedition ran into the American continent, laying the foundations of transatlantic relations for generations to come.
A few years later, between 1519 and 1522, another Spanish naval expedition managed to circumnavigate the globe for the first time, opening new horizons for human knowledge, world trade and communications. Both achievements had a major impact on the course of History.
Once again, this year COVID related restrictions have prevented the Embassy of Spain from hosting the traditional reception for the Spanish community and for our many Romanian friends and partners. But we have good reasons to celebrate, anyway, our National Day in 2021 as we are marking this year the 140 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Romania in 1881. 140 years later, Spain and Romania, the best Romania ever, are close partners in the European Union and reliable Allies in NATO. The two countries had to endure wars and dictatorships for decades in the XX century, but today they are free, democratic nations who share a common European destiny.
Spain and Romania, Hispania and Dacia, were already connected more than 2.000 years ago under the Roman Empire. We, Spaniards, are very proud that Trajan, a man born in Seville, Spain, is mentioned as a hero in the Romanian National Anthem. Trajan is Romanian as much as he is Spanish, and his memory is a powerful historical link between our two nations.
In political, economic and cultural terms, bilateral relations between Spain and Romania are excellent and they have developed in a very impressive way since Romania joined the European Union in 2007. We have come a long way, but I remain confident that the best years of our Strategic Partnership are still to come.
This year, instead of the traditional National Day reception, the Embassy has prepared a set of cultural activities in Bucharest starting this week. On October 12, at 13.00 h, it will take place in the Romanian Senate the vernissage of the exhibition “Goya, 275 anniversary of his birth”, which includes a number of magnificent engravings about very Spanish themes, such as “Tauromaquia” (“Bullfighting”), “Los desastres de la Guerra” (“The disasters of war”), and “Los Caprichos” ((“The Whims”), by the outstanding Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746 – 1828).
The Embassy will also present this week at the National Museum of History of Romania in Bucharest an exhibition to revisit, through documents and photos, the history of 140 years of diplomatic relations between Spain and Romania. Furthermore, this Spanish week in Romania will include a new edition of the cultural project “Libros a la calle” (“Books in the streets”); over a period of six months Bucharest subway passengers will have an opportunity to enjoy literary excerpts by well – known Spanish writers, framed into beautiful drawings and illustrations by Spanish and Romanian contemporary artists.
The Embassy of Spain invite everybody to join us and celebrate 140 years of successful bilateral partnership between Spain and Romania, two countries which share historic and language roots and are united around common values such as the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, multilateralism and defense of International Law.
Traiasca prietenia dintre Spania si Romania !!