Independence Day (27 August)

On Independence Day events are organized throughout Moldova, with the largest and most important in Chisinau, where the day is celebrated with an open air festival. The national military orchestra gives a concert, and many cultural activities (e.g. folk music and dancing) take place. Dozens of local restaurants and cafes offer traditional foods: grilled meats, placinta, other national dishes, fruits, and desserts. The day also has plenty of local color, with traditional music and dance and people dressed in national costumes. Many vendors sell Moldovan handicrafts. In the evening, there is concert performance by some of the best Moldovan artists. The celebration ends with a fireworks display. Admission is free.


National independence, music, gastronomy, culture


Annually, 27 August (an official national holiday)


Celebrations held country-wide, often in the central squares of cities, towns, and villages. In Chisinau, the celebration occurs on the Great National Assembly Square and parts of Stefan cel Mare Blvd, which is partially closed for the day.



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