Wednesday, November 26, 2008

National Day Commemoration in Cluj

The Romanian Coat of Arms, 1918
December First is Romania's National Day, celebrating the date in 1918 of the signing at Alba Iulia, Transylvania, of the documents that made that city Alba Iulia, Transylvania, Romania, thus completing the most recent unification of the country.

National Day was celebrated tonight for all foreign students and for visiting faculty from abroad in a ceremony at the UBB-owned Hotel Universitas in the west end of Cluj. There was a presentation on the history of the events being celebrated, given by History Professor Ph.D. Ana Maria Stan, director of the Babeş-Bolyai Museum. Then there was a wonderful concert of Romanian folk music and dance by Cluj musicians and University dancers. Then there was a light supper of traditional Romanian dishes. It was truly a great evening for my friend from Sibiu, Charles Harris, and for me, and I thank Carmen Tagsorean for inviting us to join in.

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