Romania’s National Day welcomed with military parades, long weekend leisure stays

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Over 2,600 military with 360 arsenal devices are ready to march at the military parade due on December 1 in Bucharest. The parade is scheduled in Constitutiei Square as of 11 a.m. If the weather allows it, there will be also aircrafts flashing across the sky.

At the same, as a first, this year’s parade in Bucharest will welcome two brigades that have never march on National Day before, with one consisting of injured military in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Alba Iulia, the city of the Great Union (the place where the Union of 1918 was sealed) is yet another destination for this long weekend ahead of us, a destination that is mixing the solemnity of the anniversary moment with leisure time and sightseeing. Thus, visitors who’ll venture at the heart of the country the upcoming days will be able to attend the military parade, can visit Alba Carolina Fortress, the Union Museum and the Union Hall.

Events on Romania’s National Day will kick off on Sunday in Alba Iulia with a concert dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Alba Carolina fortress. The concert is performed by “George Enescu” Philharmonic choir in Bucharest and Sibiu Philharmonics. On Monday a folk costume parade is scheduled, along with exhibitions and concerts.

On December 1, the military parade will be dubbed by wreathing ceremonies, religious services, and a concert by Voltaj. However, this year, Alba Iulia local councilors decided to drop out the fireworks moment due to the ‘Colectiv’ tragedy, so the pyro show will be replaced by a laser performance.

The Union Hall and Museum will welcome tourists with the museum employees dressed up in historical costume, featuring Romanian historical personalities such as Mihai the Brave, King Ferdinand, Queen Marie and Avram Iancu. The museum is opened from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A military parade will be also staged in Sibiu, next to a folk show, while tourists choosing to spend the National Day mini-vacation here will be able to enjoy the city’s basic attractions, with the Christmas Market Fair as piece de resistance. The fair, opened since November 20 in the city’s Piata Mare, will display a 20m high Christmas tree and over 70 cottages unveiling traditional products, toys, sweets and hand-made objects.targ-de-craciun1-1024x366

However, the county’s offer is wider, as the ski slope in Păltiniș is more than available, as well as Bâlea Lac fresh snowpack already measuring 29 centimeters, but also the huts, rustic boarding houses and  Christmas customs and tradition display in Marginimea Sibiului.

Closer to Bucharesters, Prahova Valley is coming with special discounts for this year’s December 1 celebrations, with Predeal and Poiana Brasov having many parties and backpacking in store.

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