On “Zece Mai” (May 10) – Romanian Independence Day

From the Parish PriestFr. Romey Rosco

ZECE MAI is a national holiday of the Romanian people, set aside to commemorate several historic events: On May 10, 1877, the Principality of Romania broke away from the Ottoman Empire and proclaimed its independence; On May 10, 1881, the Principality became a Kingdom and Carol I was crowned King of Romania; After the union of the Principality of Romania with Moldova and Transylvania in 1918, May 10 was proclaimed the national holiday of Romania and the Romanian people cherished its celebration for many years.  But under communism (1948-1989), this independence day was declared “no longer appropriate” by the government.  This decision was nullified with the fall of communism, and it is once again a day of celebration throughout Romania.

Romanian-Americans should consider it a great privilege to observe this day, recognizing with pride the history of our ancestors as they struggled through all kinds of oppression throughout the generations.

From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XLII No. 19, 10 May 2015

Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI

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