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*President Iohannis encourages Romanian families worldwide to teach their children Romanian language

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday conveyed a message on the occasion of the Romanian Language Day, encouraging Romanian families worldwide to teach their children the language of their homeland.

“Today, August 31, we celebrate one of the most important elements that define our national identity. The Romanian language expresses our culture, values and the richness of our traditions, uniting us all those who speak it in a large spiritual community, regardless of where we live,” the head of the state said in the message, as cited by the Presidential Administration.

He encourages Romanian families everywhere to teach their children Romanian.

“In this day of celebration, my thoughts go to the Romanians in the country, to those in the Republic of Moldova, as well as to those living in the diaspora, for whom the language is a vital connection with their origins and national identity. I encourage Romanian families everywhere to teach their children Romanian and urge them not only to know, but also to love their mother tongue,” said Iohannis.

The head of the state wishes “Many long years” to all the speakers of Romanian, wherever they are.

PM Ponta: Romanian language, the cornerstone of Romanians’ national identity

Prime Minister Victor Ponta says the Day of Romanian Language is a spiritual celebration of all Romanians from Romania, the Republic of Moldova and everywhere else.

“The Day of Romanian Language – a spiritual celebration of Romanians from Romania, the Republic of Moldova and elsewhere! It is a day when we celebrate our common heritage and value, when we can proudly say that the Romanian language is the cornerstone of our identity, the sweetest language there is. We may find speaking and writing Romanian a routine, but our predecessors’ fight for it was tough and the win to the European culture by Romanian creators is priceless. Many happy returns of the day to all!” Prime Minister Ponta wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

The Day of Romanian Language was created under a parliament’s law in 2013. The law says the Day of Romanian Language will be celebrated in cultural, educational and artistic events that evoke the history of Romanian language by the public administrations of Romania and the country’s diplomatic missions abroad, including the cultural centres of Romania and other such organisations. The Day of Romanian Language is also celebrated in the Republic of Moldova.

Senate Chairman: To learn Romanian means to know Romanian people identity, personality and soul

Senate Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu says that to learn the Romanian language means to get to know the Romanian people identity, personality and soul.

“In our history, language was the factor that united Romanians at crucial moments. Preserving and developing the Romanian language are the outcome of efforts by generations of Romanians along centuries. To learn the Romanian language means to get to know the Romanian people identity, personality and soul. The Romanian language holds an honourable place today among the official languages of the European Union. As Romanians, it is our duty to show the highest respect to our ancestral language by speaking it correctly and teaching our children to do the same,” Tariceanu wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

He says the national language, along with the national flag and anthem, is a symbol providing authenticity to Romania.

“Together with the national flag and the national anthem, the language of the Romanian people represents a symbol of our nation and an identity element in a world undergoing globalisation. The Romanian language was the means through which our predecessors communicated the hopes that animated the feelings of our people,” Tariceanu also says, on the occasion of the Day of Romanian Language.

ForMin Aurescu: Romanian language gives us the feeling of belonging to common conscience, historic past

The language is an instrument for affirming the Latin roots of the Romanian people which confers strength and vitality to cultural and spiritual creations of the Romanian people and it gives the feeling of belonging to a conscience and a common historic past, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu stated on the Romanian Language Day (August 31).

The Romanian Language Day is “an occasion for Romanians, wherever they are, as well as for all of those who know, write, learn and speak the Romanian language, to treasure the linguistic and cultural heritage,” theMinistry of Foreign Affairs stated in a release to Agerpres on Monday.

“For Romanian communities abroad, the language is the main element for preserving and strengthening national identity, as well as a factor for cohesion within communities. (…) The Romanian Language Day brings makes us think of the importance of preserving and studying Romanian historic dialects such as Aromanian, Megleno-Romanian and Istro-Romanian, some of which are in danger of disappearing, and of harnessing this European cultural heritage. I urge every Romanian, wherever they are, to be proud of their language, to strive to preserve it and to contribute, in their own way, to spread the use the Romanian language in Europe and around the world, wherever major Romanian communities and citizens are living,” the document quoted minister Aurescu.

According to the press release, the Romanian Language Day is celebrated both at home and abroad, including within the Romanian diplomatic missions around the world.

“I am certain that the efforts and constant undertakings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at encouraging the study of the Romanian language in the international academic environment, as well as the implementation of several educational projects in partnership with several countries contributes today to the promotion of Romania’s image, and of our culture and values worldwide,” Aurescu stated.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled that Romanian, the mother tongue of around 30 million individuals, is taught as a foreign language in universities in 45 countries.

The MAE informed that among its priorities on the topic include facilitating the study of Romanian language within the Romanian communities and in international universities, by running educational projects in partnership with other countries.

“The MAE supports the activity of lectureships for Romanian language, culture and civilization abroad, as well as the implementation of the project ‘Romanian language culture and civilization’ designed for Romanian students enrolled in teaching institutions in Belgium, Italy and Spain, which is set to include other countries. Also, the scholarship programme offered by the Romanian state via MAE to foreign citizens counts among its objectives the promotion of Romanian language and that of a thorough knowledge of our country by the foreign public,” the release states.

According to the aforementioned source, several Romanian embassies, consulates and cultural institutions abroad organize or have organized already events marking the occasion, alongside activities aimed at promoting Romania and at strengthening ties with Romanian communities in countries where they are active.

The events “include concerts, folk music shows or poetry readings (Cahul and Ismail – Moldova, Graz – Austria, Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Madrid, Tel Aviv), exhibitions dedicated to major Romanian writers ( Chisinau), lectures (Lisbon, Venice, Odessa, Beijing, Istanbul, Addis Abeba), film screenings (Amman, Istanbul), theatre performances (Stockholm), participations to ethnographic festivals (Prague), meetings with Romanian communities in the region (Athens, Paris and so on),” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned.

Celebration of Romanian Language Day in the “Titan Park”

The Romanian Language Day is celebrated since 2013 on August 31, but several Sunday events in Bucharest have anticipated it.

Poet and philosopher Lucian Blaga was celebrated throughout the day in the ‘Titan’ Park. The municipality of Bucharest’s 3rd District has provided hammocks and rocking chairs for a reading rest. Writers Doina Rusti and Ioan Grosan, alongside Professor Silviu Angelescu have hosted workshops for open dialogue with the public starting at noon. At 6pm, the MundiColour Orchestra and its soloist Ana Cebotari have brought old Romanian music in the park, at the ‘Our Language’ Concert. At 7pm, special guest actor Dorel Visan has recited some of Blaga’s poems, accompanied by flutist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu. An exhibition on Blaga’s life and works has been open throughout the day.

Also in this park, ten publishing houses sold signed copies of books by Romanian authors.

A separate exhibition was dedicated to the history of the 22nd ‘George Enescu’ international music festival, which has begun on Sunday.
The Romanian Language Day was created under a Parliament’s law in 2013, providing that it shall be celebrated by the public authorities in Romania and the country’s diplomatic missions abroad, including the cultural centers of Romania and other such organizations, in cultural, educational and artistic events that evoke the history of Romanian language. The Day of Romanian Language is also celebrated in the Republic of Moldova.

Romanian Culture Association organize artistic event in Serbia’s Timoc

The ‘Ariadnae Filum’ Romanian Culture Association organized an artistic event on Sunday, in the municipal library of Bor, Serbia, with the participation of several Romanian language students of Serbia and Romania.

The Association’s president Zavisa Jurj told Agerpres that the event was occasioned by the Romanian Language Day (August 31) and more than 100 Romanians of the Timoc area attended. “Poems in Romanian were recited, and the amateur artists of the Association sang Romanian Banat old songs specific to northeastern Serbia ethnic areas,” he said.

He recalled the “dramatic” situation of the Romanian ethnic minority in Serbia, where optional Romanian language courses were difficultly introduced. “Unfortunately, the authorities do not support our movement for the consolidation of Romanians’ national identity; their purpose is to maintain the confusion to push us even further from the Latin vein of Romanian language,” Jurj asserted.

According to him, more than 300,000 ethnic Romanians are the majority in 154 villages in Serbia.

DAN PURIC

One cannot speak only about the actor, or the director, or the writer Dan Puric, because his work is a whole that has its roots in memory and in Romanian identity. In reviews abroad, he was called a “master of perfection and inventiveness, of dark humor, who innovates the art pantomime of Chaplin and Marceau.” 

The pantomime show, ‘Romanian Soul,’ that we proposed for the closing of the Romanian Week (March 20, at 6:30PM, in the theater) is a new and emblematic show that premiered on Romania’s National Holiday, December 1st, 2014, at the National Theater in Bucharest. ‘Romanian Soul’ is an outburst of revolt, humor and hope, a metaphor that lifts the Romanian Man out of the squalor of this world, and unveils a mystical perspective of history to help him be reborn. It is an unequaled tour of talent and virtuosity in artistic expression. Through pantomime and dance, Dan Puric tells the story of the Romanian people freeing from communism, and their efforts to adapt to the western system at the cost of great humiliation and suffering, without being understood by the West. You leave after the show as if awaken from a slumber, with a lucidity that makes you ask who you really are. 

Pantomime is, in a way, my way of longing for painting, for the intimacy of the painter in front of his easel (…) I long after the eloquence of silence, a silence full of meaning, which I must find the expression for in gesture,” says the artist. 

Other shows by the author:Pantomimia, Toujours l’amour, A dream, Costumes, Hic sunt leones, Made in Romania, Fă-mă, mamă, cu noroc și aruncă-mă în foc!, Don Quijote, Înșir-te, mărgărite

Books by Dan Puric: Who We Are, The Beautiful Man, Have Dignity, RomanianSoul 

Awards and Prizes

  • UNITER Prize of the International Association of Theater Critics, Romanian Section,  Prize for Pantomime – Theater XXI Foundation (1997) 
  • Cavalier of the National Order ‘The Romanian Star,’  “for exceptional service to culture” (2000) 
  • The Grand Prize of the Anastasia Foundation (2002) 
The Grand Prize of the One Man Show Festival,  Chișinău (2003)  
  • Uniter Prize for Non-verbal Theater (2003)  
  • Aristizza Romanescu Prize  of the Romanian Academy, for theater and cinematography  (2006)  
  • Prize of Excellence, Master of Romanian Theater, Ambassador of the Romanian Spirit, Using Science As Universal Language – Den Braven, Netherlands (2006) 
  • Grand Prize of the 8th International Festival of Monodrama, Bitolia, Macedonia (2008) 
  • The Cross of the Royal House, handed by His Majesty, King Michael I of Romania (2009) 

Dan Puric: Romanian Soul (synopsis) 

The story begins during the times of communist dictatorship. Life used to be hard in the communist ghetto: no heat and hot water in homes, broken elevators, power outages. One had to show up and cheer at meetings and festivities. Dirty and overcrowded buses, many basic food items simply missing from the shelves of the stores. One could find retreat only at home, in the family circle, or alone, in the company of one’s dog. 

After the revolution of 1989, a true exodus began from Romania into all parts of the world, but especially towards Western Europe. People were leaving in search of a better life. For some, this was also their first flight. It was the avenue of hopes. 

The first scene presents the life of the Romanian emigrant in Italy, amazed by the beauty of the cities, whose life turns into a string of humiliations. They had to perform lowly jobs in pizza parlors, cleaning, washing dishes, often without a legal employment contract. 

Next is Spain, which became for many who went there for work, ‘the country of strawberry pickers.’ Some had to stay at farms as undocumented slave laborers, with no pay, having to remain there for lack of an alternative and lack of hope. 

The journey goes on to France, then to Germany. For each scene we hear the music of the respective country. In France, the main character cleans toilets and washes dishes; in Germany he works in construction. Many Romanians went to Greece. Our character is a waiter in a pub. Very many Romanians emigrated to the USA. Some earned their livings there as human punching bags. 

All the scenes of the show are symbolic and illustrate the journeys of more than one million Romanians trying their luck in the wide world. A few succeeded. For the many who didn’t, leaving home meant being away from family, uprooted, humiliated, saving every penny, and refraining from every joy costing money. 

The end of the show is indeed a return to ourselves. Nothing is more precious than having the strength to find yourself, being at home again, in the home of one’s own traditions and true values, to fight back at life and to find one’s dignity anew. 

Dan Puric says this about the message of his show: “I wish to inscribe this show to the Romanian people and its untrammeled inner beauty that will help it to be renewed one day. By loving this beauty, it will also have the strength to help others heal as well.”

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