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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Travel Tuesday: Romanian Navy Day

Dearest sweethearts,

I don't often get to tell you about my homeland, but today it's one of those days when I share ;) Today in Romania there is a national celebration: Romanian Navy Day. Most countries that have a navy have their own Navy Day and Romania celebrates it each year on the 15th of August. It was first celebrated on 15th of August 1902 (115 years ago!) - the festivities match with the feast day of the "Assumption of Mary", the oldest celebration of Virgin Mary. In case you didn't know, The Virgin Mary is the protector of sailors, so the fitting if the 2 celebrations is harmoniously done. 
Usually on the coast of the Black Sea, in the port town of Constanta, local and tourists alike feast their eyes upon the unique show prepared. It comes in a display of sound, colour and light - choreography at it's finest, everyone being able to see tugboats performing manoeuvres in harmony with eachover and the music. Of course there were times when the fleet was outside borders, like in 1925, when they were in the harbour of Cuda in Crete. Nonetheless the sailors celebrated on their boats/vessels this special day. In time the festivities her more and more popular and people from all over the country would come see it.
#DidYouKnow that in 1928 the Romanian Navy Day had special guests? The Polish sailors from the vessel Lwow. It was the very first time when a foreign crew participated in our national event! 
Also, each year an anchor made out of flowers is thrown into the sea in the memory of the sailor soldiers fallen in battle protecting Romania. Alongside the National Hymn that will be played today, 21 artillery salvos are the regular remembrance that can be heard each year.

Yours sincerely,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves The Sea