National Language Day in Moldova Date in the current year: August 31, 2016

National Language Day in Moldova National Language Day is one of the most important public holidays in the Republic of Moldova. It is celebrated on August 31. The Moldovan name of the holiday is Limba noastră, which means “Our Language”. It is also the name of the country's national anthem.

The date of August 31 was chosen to commemorate the mass demonstration in the city of Chișinău, which occurred in August 1989. The Popular Front of Moldova pressured the government of the Moldavian SSR to adopt a language law.

On August 31, the Supreme Soviet of the Moldavian SSR designated the Moldovan language as the state language and reintroduced the Latin script. The new language law also acknowledged the identity between the Moldovan language and the Romanian language.

National Language Day was officially established in 1990. The holiday was originally named Day of the Romanian Language. It was renamed Limba noastră in 1994 to avoid the direct reference to the language, as the Moldovan language is in fact a subdialect of the Romanian language.

National Language Day is marked across the country with official ceremonies, exhibitions, festivals and other cultural events. On this days, Moldovans honor Alexei Mateevici, a prominent poet who wrote the poem “Limba noastră”. This poem became the national anthem of Moldova.

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