President Klaus Iohannis on Monday hosted a real party for children at Cotroceni Palace to celebrate the International Children’s Day in Romania. Hundreds of children enjoyed good music, balloons, took pictures and selfies with the Romanian president who, in exchange, gave autographs on his latest book or just on mere sheets.
Iohannis expressed his gratitude that he was surrounded by so many children on this day. “I wish “Happy Children’s Day” to all children and adults who, somewhere in a corner of their souls, have kept their childish spirit,” the president told his guests.
He spent about an hour amidst children and parents, who asked him autographs on his latest volume “The First Step”.
In the sounds of the military band, the children played, ate sweets and received gifts and balloons.
Several hundreds children attended the event hosted at Cotroceni Palace, most of them being part of the educational programmes of the “Save the Children” organization, which also celebrated 25 years of existence these days. There were also children who took part in the National Forum of Children and Youngsters and children of the Presidential Administration’s employees.
Open Gates Day for Children were also celebrated on Monday at several state institutions and museums, such as the Chamber of Deputies, Interior Ministry, Bucharest Zoo, Village Museum and at the Bucharest Transport Museum.
Over 5,500 children and companions have visited the Chamber of Deputies on this occasion, while more than 2,500 children and parents preferred to spend Children’s Day at the Interior Ministry, where some of them even took over important positions, symbolically speaking, playing at minister for example.
Children had the opportunity to visit the Interior minister’s office, the videoconference room and even the famous balcony of the 1989 Revolution. They could also witness mountain gendarmes climbing the ministry’s HQs and fencing, gymnastics and karate demonstrations. Customs officers trained children by displaying self defence techniques, while paramedics from SMURD showed visitors first aid techniques.
During the event at the Interior Ministry, national security vice premier gave the “Hero Diploma” to a 12-year-old boy who saved his younger brother from a fire that seized their house in May. The boy also received a fireman helmet, a tablet and sweets.