More than 7,000 people came, until Tuesday morning, to the Union Square of Iasi to participate in the events organized on the occasion of the celebration of the Union of the Romanian Principalities.
The festivities started at 10:00hrs with a folklore show entitled “We are Romanians!.” Until 11:00hrs, the following traditional music singers performed: Karla Ursu, David Simion, Maria Ionescu, Loredana Colotin, Ion Macovei and Biatrice Duca.
The events in Iasi are attended by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, representatives of local and central authorities, MPs, leaders of several political formations.
On this occasion, a Te Deum service was officiated by the Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina and representatives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Iasi.
Afterwards speeches are to be delivered by officials, as well as a wreath-laying at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Statuary Ensemble of the Union Square, followed by the Military Parade, the Union Hora (traditional folk dance) performance and the popular hora.
From 12:30hrs, when the officials will head toward the Three Hierarchs Monastery, where ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza’s tomb is, the popular music concert “We are Romanians!” will be resumed in the Union Square and those in attendance will receive traditional pies and tea.
In the evening, employees of the National Defence Ministry and the Interior Ministry will march with lit torches along the Union Museum – Palace of Culture route in Iasi.
Ciuca: Roots of European Romania can be found in the Union of Romanian Principalities
The roots of European Romania can be found in the Union of Romanian Principalities, a visionary act achieved through the unity of will around common values and objectives, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca stated on Tuesday.
He conveyed a message on the occasion of the Romanian Principalities Union Day.
“The union of Moldavia with Wallachia under the same ruler, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, is an authentic example of the unity of the will of the Romanians, which opened the way for the emancipation and modernization of the state. Years of important reforms followed in all areas and investments which strengthened the cultural closeness, politics and economics of the two Romanian principalities. The roots of European Romania can be found in the Union of Romanian Principalities, a visionary act achieved through the unity of will around common values and objectives. I have always admired the unity of the artisans of the Union of Romanian Principalities in 1859 and the efforts that continued until the realization of the Greater Union of 1918, the old dream of all Romanians,” the prime minister’s message shows.
According to him, the responsibility of the political class and state institutions is to honor the “energetic act of the entire Romanian nation,” as Mihail Kogalniceanu described the Union of the United Principalities, and to follow the example of the major reforms that were the basis of the development towards Romania of today.
“Just like 164 years ago, the desire for national emancipation and the legitimate aspirations of the Romanians must remain benchmarks of the state’s action. The historical lesson that remains over time is that through will, unity, courage and the support of our citizens, we can achieve the most ambitious goals. Romania’s accession to NATO, obtaining the status of a member of the European Union are good examples,” the Gov’t head stated.
Today, Romania stands before an important stage for the future, Ciuca continues.
“Our common stake is closely related to the accelerated development pace and strengthening our place among the developed states of Europe and the entire world, and this process must go hand in hand with reducing the gaps in society, which, concretely, means the ability to provide a better life to every Romanian, similar conditions and opportunities in villages, cities and in all communities. In European Romania, all citizens must have equal opportunities, feel safe and have hope for a better and more prosperous future, guarded by democratic values and freedoms,” Ciuca says in the message.
He also shows that the energy, involvement and support of the society are vital for achieving the indispensable development objectives, the adequate response to the current security challenges and the capitalization of the opportunities open through the funding sources that Romania has at this moment.
“The joy that animates us [holding hands] in the Union Hora [traditional folk dance] at the events dedicated to this day and on many other occasions, but also the social coagulation that we find in difficult moments give me confidence that Romanians have kept their unitary spirit, that they cherish the values of the past and walk together towards the future. We keep such stages of our history alive in the memory of society. It is appropriate to pass them on to the younger generations and to remind them that society recognizes and follows those who open new paths through noble ideals. (…) History proves to us that union brings safety, offers protection and hope for a good future! The example of vision, solidarity, courage and mobilization of the generation that achieved the Union of the Principalities accompanies us, today, on the road we want Romania to follow. Let’s join hands for our European present and future! Happy Birthday, Romanians! Happy Birthday, Romania!,” the prime minister conveyed.