The "Romania's National Day / Ziua Nationala a Romaniei" is almost here again... with military parades and official manifestations in most cities across the country, live concerts and festivals. December 1st, the "Great Union Day / Ziua Marii Uniri" has been declared National Day since 1990, although it was celebrated since 1918, when all the historical Romanian territories were unified into 'Greater Romania / Romania Mare', under the Romanian Tricolor Flag (you may read more about it here: December 1st, Romania's National Day).
The Romanian Tricolor Flag has an interesting history (you may read more on wikipedia: The history of the flags of Romania). I just want to show you some variants used over time...
* the official flag before the union differed from the actual tricolor, having horizontal stripes with the blue strip on top
|Flag of Wallachian Revolution of 1848. Photo courtesy of wikipedia|
* the Flag of the King (between 1898 - 1922) had a princely crown in corners and the country's coat of arms in the middle
|Flag of the King - 1898-1922. Photo courtesy of wikipedia|
* the Flag of the Socialist Republic of Romania, had the coat of arms with a red star and the words REPUBLICA SOCIALISTĂ ROMÂNIA.
|Flag of the Socialist Republic of Romania. Photo courtesy of wikipedia|
*Nowadays, the flag has only 3 vertical stripes, with no coat of arms or words on it. The Day of June 26th is the Day of the National Flag of Romania / Ziua Drapelului National. The meaning of the colors, proclaimed on 1848, June 26, is “Liberty (sky-blue), Justice (field yellow), Fraternity (blood red)/ Libertate (Albastru), Dreptate (Galben), Fratie (Rosu)”.
|Romanian Tricolor Flag|
Anyhow, I'm waiting December 1st, to see how people will flutter the national flag and I hope they will sing / dance once again, in public places, the traditional "Hora of the Union/ Hora Unirii", the Romanian Hymn of the Union of the Principalities.
|Doina Gorjului folk dance ensemble, dancing Hora of the Union / Hora Unirii|
Happy National Day, Romania! La Multi Ani, Romania!
Let's celebrate together with the "Sonnet I / Sonet I" verses of Romanian bard Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889).
It's autumn outside, the leaves were scattered,
While heavy drops were flung by wind into the windows;
And you're reading letters in tattered envelopes
And in just one-hour rethink your life again.
You'd waste your time with merest trifles
And you don't want someone knocks at your door;
But it is better when it is mudding outside
To daydream at a fireside, sleepily swaying your head.
So I lulled into passivity by thought streams,
Dreaming about the fairy Dochia’s tale
While thick mist has settled in layers around me.
And suddenly I hear a sound of rustling dress,
A softly footstep is touching the old floor...
Then icy, delicate hands are covering my eyes.
Afara-i toamna, frunza 'mprastiata,
Iar vântul svârla 'n geamuri grele picuri;
Si tu citesti scrisori din roase plicuri
Si într'un ceas gândesti la viata toata.
Pierzându-ti timpul tau cu dulci nimicuri,
N'ai vrea ca nimeni 'n usa ta sa bata;
Dar si mai bine-i, când afara-i sloata,
Sa stai visând la foc, de somn sa picuri.
Si eu astfel ma uit din jet de gânduri,
Visez la basmul vechiu al zânei Dochii,
În juru-mi ceata creste rânduri-rânduri;
De odat'aud fosnirea unei rochii,
Un moale pas abia atins de scânduri...
Iar mâni subtiri si reci mi-acoper ochii.