Happy National Day, Romania!

Romanian National Day
Proud to be wearing everywhere my Romanian blouse & my Romanian identity
I might leave far away from my country; I might travel once in a while to the other side of the world. And there are times when months pass before I step foot in my homeland. But the further I go, the more I adore it; the more cultures I see, the more I feel Romania in my heart. And wherever I will end up, whatever I am or whatever I will become, I know one thing for sure: I will always be Romanian; I will always be honored and proud of my origins and of my nation.

I might leave far away from my country; I might travel once in a while to the other side of the world. And there are times when months pass before I step foot in my homeland.

But the further I go, the more I adore it; the more cultures I see, the more I feel Romania in my heart. And wherever I will end up, whatever I am or whatever I will become, I know one thing for sure: I will always be Romanian; I will always be honored and proud of my origins and of my nation.

Because I come from a country with a great history and culture, dating back to the Dacians. A resilient and proud country that throughout the centuries had the ability to withstand attacks from different corners.

I come from a land with a rich cultural heritage. Where women sewed on their traditional blouses the symbols of the sun and of eternity.

I come from a place where people and nature still bond in a miraculous way; where the Carpathians whisper tales and the Danube builds natural wonders. Where the traditions are conveyed with pride and sanctity from one generation to the next.

And I left that country seven years ago. Occasionally, I felt uprooted and alienated, with no place to call “home“. But I found my comfort in the great Romanian identity. And finally, one day I understood that I might be a child, I might be a woman, I might be an expat or a wanderluster, I might be anything I want.

But first and foremost: I am a Romanian.

And I bow to my country, today and everyday!

Happy National Day, Romania!

Cu dor de Romania

Pe pământul tău m-am născut;
În apele tale m-am scăldat de prunc;
Cu ursitori si sânziene am alergat pădurile;
Pe dealurile tale am colindat când eram copilă;
De pe câmpiile tale am adunat flori înmiresmate;
Iar vântul tău mi-a pus in păr cununi și stele.
Ascultând basmele străbunilor, am urzit visuri și speranțe;
Cu muzica ta mi-am alinat jalea și năcazul;
Și zestrea ta culturală m-a imbogățit mai mult decât orice alt bun de pe acest pământ;
Prin tradiția ta mi-am regăsit originile și identitatea;
Iar cu tine în gând voi călători neistovit pământul acesta în lung și-n lat.
Mă închin pios și cu dor de casă!
La mulți ani, România!

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