Moldovan Language Day

Moldovan Language Day

August 31
Limba Noastra, or Our Language Day, is a public holiday in Moldova, which is the official name of the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, a historic region of northeastern Romania. On August 31, 1989, Moldova became the first Soviet republic to pass a law declaring its language, Moldovan, to be the official language of the republic. The language law also formally proclaimed that Moldovan and Romanian were the same. The Soviets had insisted that Moldovan was a different language from Romanian in order to promote the idea that Moldova and Romania were separate nations.
Second in importance only to Moldova Independence Day on August 27, Language Day is celebrated with ceremonies at the burial sites of individuals linked to the struggle for cultural rights of Romanians, especially Romanian poets and writers.
CONTACTS:
Moldovan Embassy
2101 S. St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-667-1130; fax: 202-667-1204
www.embassyrm.org