Towns all over Rumania celebrated the country's 31st anniversary on Saturday (23 August) of the anti-fascist army's insurrection in 1944.
Towns all over Rumania celebrated the country's 31st anniversary on Saturday (23 August) of the anti-fascist army's insurrection in 1944. The main event was a huge parade in Aviatorilor Square.
Hundreds of thousands of workers, patriotic guards and young pioneers marched along the large boulevard to the square where Rumania's President Nicolae Ceausescu took the salute. Many members of the government and diplomats from other countries serving in Bucharest were in the official box with the President to watch the festivities and the parade.
The day's celebrations were a light note in the middle of strict austerity measures announced recently by President Ceausescu and were a welcome temporary respite from mopping up operations underway in Rumania was a result of floods earlier this month which ruined about ten per cent of the country's arable land.
SYNOPSIS: Rumania's President Ceausescu made a public appearance on Saturday to greet hundreds of thousands of people who flocked to Aviatorilor Square in Bucharest to celebrate the country's thirty first national day. The celebration marked the fall of Rumania's Pre-Hitler Antonescu Government in August nineteen forty-four.
Thousands of soldiers and members of Rumania's armed forces marched past the President's box in formation in a show of military strength as their commanding officer took the salute. The crowd gave an enthusiastic welcome to the troops especially those of the women's forces. One of their most avid admirers seemed to be the President himself.
After the troops came thousands of Rumania's young people who belong to the Young Pioneers' movement complete with its own Red Cross unit.
Since the war Rumania has increased its air force and this week battalions of young airmen carried one of their trainer gliders for public inspection.
The troops weren't the only ones on show. Thousands of workers and other civilians took up flags and banners to march in the grand parade proclaiming their support for President Ceausescu and his socialist government.
Diplomats and visiting foreign dignitaries seemed to especially enjoy the colourful display of folk dancing turned on by groups of young people wearing their gay traditional national costumes.
Whole families flocked to the pageant to either join in or just watch the passing parade. For the people this annual event provided a welcome break because of President Ceausescu's policy of austerity calling for harder work and greater sacrifices.