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 Dec 5 2022

Ziua Marii Uniri- Sarmale from Romania

Romania’s national holiday on 1 December marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918, something that is known as the Great Union. The holiday was declared after the Romanian Revolution and commemorates the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, who declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania.

The Romanian national flag with its tricolor blue, yellow, red and the colors arranged in vertical bands of equal size represents the three regions that merged to form modern-day Romania.

The day also represents the country’s Independence Day which has been moved a few times in the past: first, it was 10 May, which represents the day that King Carol I ratified the Declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877; next, it moved to 23 August, starting 1948, to mark the 1944 overthrow of the pro-Nazi government in the country. But since 1990, Romania’s Independence Day has been celebrated on 1 December.

To celebrate this special day you can either attend the massive military parade in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest and witness thousands of troops and performing arts practitioners dazzle spectators with breathtaking performances.

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Another option is to get to know the local cuisine like Sarmale, one of Romanias traditional comforting dishes. Minced meat, onions, rice and spices get wrapped in fermented cabbage leaves and will then be cooked to perfection which will take a few hours. For a vegetarian option, the beef can be substituted with ground nuts, shredded carrots or chopped mushrooms.


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