Here’s a quick Romanian language lesson for you…
Sărbători means celebrations (or celebrate).
This week was full of sărbători (celebrations) here in Moldova. On Wednesday. August 27 Moldova celebrated its Ziua Independenți (day of independence). Moldova has been celebrating this day each year since 1991 when they adopted the Declaration of Independence apart from the Soviet Union.
Then, on Sunday, August 31 there was another national holiday, Limba Noastră. This celebration is a public holiday observed each year on August 31 and celebrates the day of “our language” which is what limba noastră translates to. As I have noticed and observed, language is an important part of culture here in Moldova and this day celebrates the day in 1989 when they established their language-identity with the Romanian language.
I was at my site in Bălți during both of these celebrations and was able to capture some photos. My only regret is that I didn’t capture more photos or stop to see any of the dancing and singing that was taking place in front of the theatre on both days.
For Ziua Independenți I found myself in the center of town following youth volunteers around with my camera as they gave out free hugs to random people. This was organized by another volunteer here at my site along with her organization, CasMed and my organization, ProCoRe partnered with them in the free hug festivities/promotion.
These are some of my favorite shots from the day, catching them in all their best hugging-action.
And then, a couple of shots of people and scenes from around the center of Bălți during the celebration before it rained.
Then on Sunday for the celebration of Limba Noastra, I made my way to the center of the city again. This time to check out all the festivities and to take some more photos. I’ve only included a few of them right now, I may try posting more later on.
So now you know a little more about the last two holidays that have been celebrated here in Moldova this week. And there will be more to come – I’m looking forward to it.