The national anthem and the flag of Romania
Even if your little one cannot really understand the meaning of the national anthem until he becomes familiar with the history of Romania, this may be one of the poems he teaches as a child.
The poem "Un rasunet" by Andrei Muresanu, after which it was adapted "Wake up Roman" was written during the Revolution of 1848, one of the moments when the national consciousness was really strong.
The national flag no longer finds its place in the homes of most Romanians, but it is important to explain to your little one the importance of this national symbol.
Teach the little one to respect the most important national holidays and explain the reasons why these days are remembered from year to year.
December 1, National Day of Romania, is a good time to learn more about your little one about joining Transylvania, Banat, Crisana and Maramures with Romania, which took place in 1918.
January 24 is another important day. The election in 1859 of Alexandru Ioan Cuza as ruler of the Romanian Country, after his election as ruler of Moldova on January 5, is the most important moment for the Unification of the Romanian Principalities.
Patriotic events are organized and on October 25, Army Day, a good time for your little one to find out more about the sacrifices of Romanian soldiers on behalf of their country.
Heroes Day is celebrated each year with the Day of the Lord's Rise, and on this day the Romanian heroes fallen in the first two World Wars, but also in the War of Independence, are commemorated.
Historical monuments of national character
When possible, visit with your little one some important monuments dedicated to moments of triumph in Romanian history.
Take him to see the Triumph Arch in Bucharest, from where Calea Victoriei starts, named after the victorious Romanian troops returning in an attempt to reunite the nation. In the Carol Park in the capital, there is also the grave of the unknown soldier, which you can visit during an educational walk with your little one.
Other important monuments are the Mausoleum of Marasesti and the Monument of the Romanian Heroes of World War II, from Carei (Satu Mare). When you arrive in Alba Iulia, explain to your little one the historical role of Mihai Viteazul, whose statue dominates the market in front of the Prince's Palace.
Patriotism and civic involvement
Beyond the important data and information on Romania's history, it is important to link patriotism to civic involvement when talking about it with your little one.
In the absence of facts, patriotism turns into empty words that can even lead to xenophobia and arrogance towards other nations. The times when Romanians gave their lives on the battlefield for the territorial integrity of the country are past, but the facts remain very important for patriotism.
Civic involvement, in cases and in projects that bring community improvements is the most important aspect of understanding for your little one. Teach him to volunteer in local beauty and improvement projects. He can do something for his country starting from his community.
You start by exercising your right to vote, won after a Revolution against the communist regime in which thousands of young idealists died. Your example will make the child understand that action is the best way to demonstrate patriotism.
When the patriotic feeling is not accompanied by its citizen and responsible aspects, demagoguery appears. Don't teach your child just to love his country, show him how he can manifest his love without it in a practical way, respecting the law and showing kindness and respect without his compatriots.
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