Romanian is a Romanic language spoken by 29 million people worldwide, according to some estimations. Most of those who speak it live in Romania and in the neighboring countries, especially Moldova.
More precisely, around 19.5 million people speak it in Romania and 2 million in Moldova. Apart from these, there are Romanian communities living abroad. According to sources, around 9.7 million Romanians live abroad, including Moldova. In the UK alone, for example, there are 1 million Romanians who already asked for residency in the kingdom.
For all these Romanian-speakers, but also for all those who, for one reason or another, started learning Romanian, August 31st is a reason for celebration. This day is the Romanian Language Day and it is a national holiday since 2013.
In his message for this occasion, Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis talks about unity:
Romanian language will continue to keep us united and close to the country. This treasure, which has endured over centuries, will remain the central element of our identiy for the years to come!Klaus Iohannis on the Romanian Day Anniversary, 2021
For celebrating this event, on Tuesday, August 31, the Presidential Palace will be lit in Red, Yellow and Blue, the colors of the Romanian flag.