For over two decades now, the first day of winter is the day that Romanians get together and celebrate The National Day. A public holiday marked by important events and military parades all over the country, Romania’s National Day is worth celebrating either in Bucharest or across the country, in Alba Iulia.
Few people know that the 1st of December was not always Romania’s National Day. The Romanians only started saying “Happy birthday, Romania!” on this day since 1990 when Ion Iliescu, the country’s president of the time, issued a law changing the National Day from the 23rd of August to the 1st of December. The Romanians also used to celebrate the National Day on the 10th of May in between 1866 and 1947. It was a day dedicated to the king.
But the 1st of December has been celebrated for 100 years, even if it only became the National Day 28 years ago. The day marks the union of all the Romanians from Transylvania, Banat, and Romania that was decided during the Great National Meeting held in Alba Iulia, in 1918.
Each year, there are many National Day events taking place all over the country, but the Bucharest military parade is especially spectacular. Here, more than 3,500 military personnel from the navy, air force, and ground forces will participate in the event. Helicopters, Humvees and the troupe’s transporter Piranha III C, as well as other combat machines and systems will be presented to the public who attend the celebration. The military parade starts at 11 AM, in the Arcul de Triumf square, just a few kilometers from Le Boutique Hotel Moxa.
After the military parade, the tourists celebrating Romania’s National Day in Bucharest have plenty of options available for entertainment. Each of the city halls of the six districts in Bucharest will organize events in squares or parks. For example, if you are around Sector 1, you can go to Beraria H starting at 15:00 for a show with the most popular Romanian songs played by famous Romanian singers and the Artistic Ensemble of the Army. Bring your Romanian flag with you!
In Sector 4, the city hall will organize an open-air celebration for Romania’s National Day, right in the city of Santa Claus. The famous artist Gheorghe Turda will have a special moment in the show, and the party will continue until late with Pepe, Andreea Balan and Fly Project.
Make sure not to miss the traditional sarmale (Romanian stuffed cabbage) or beans with pork knuckle or the mulled wine with cinnamon and the fireworks that will light the sky at night.