National Anthem Day in Romania Date in the current year: July 29, 2016

National Anthem Day in Romania National Anthem Day is a Romanian observance held on July 29 each year. It is not a non-working holiday, but official ceremonies are organized on the occasion.

National Anthem Day commemorates when the national anthem of Romania, "Deșteaptă-te, române!" (Awaken thee, Romanian!), was first performed. The lyrics were written in 1848 by Romanian poet and revolutionary Andrei Mureșianu, amidst the revolution in the Austrian Empire. According to the most popular theory, the music was originally a sentimental song composed by Anton Pann.

The song was first performed in the city of Brașov on July 29, 1848. Since then, it has been sung during all major conflicts, bringing a message of patriotism and liberty. It was even nicknamed “La Marseillaise of Romanians”. After the Romanian Revolution of 1989 that resulted in the overthrow of the Communist Regime, "Deșteaptă-te, române!" was declared the official anthem of Romania.

National Anthem Day is not a national holiday in Romania, but it is still marked with official public ceremonies attended by President and other political leaders, religious leaders, war veterans and army officers. On July 29, the full version of the anthem is performed, accompanied by a 21-gun salute.

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