At the Romanian reception I went to yesterday, there were lots and lots of pictures. They were pictures about when Romania became Romania. I walked around with my Korean friend explaining the pictures to her. There were small explanations type written in the corner of the pictures in Romanian, English, and Korean, but she was so focused on the pictures I don’t think she even knew the explanations were there. She was thrilled with the pictures and took lots of pictures of the pictures. I was interested too, and I also took some pictures, but I was probably interested for a different reason than she was because she has never been to Romania.
I was really happy when I was looking at the pictures because there were pictures of Alba Iulia, a place near where I lived in Romania. Evidently, when the unification of the three Romanian states took place, the papers were signed in Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia is in Transylvania. Everyone has heard of Transylvania, and it is one of the Romanian states.
Orthodoxy is the national religion of Romania. Christianity is part of what threw Communism out of Romania. The Communist were bulldozing church buildings, and the Romanians just couldn’t take it. When I was in Romania, someone showed me a book of where they had taken pictures of all the church buildings that were bulldozed by the Communists, and they were not happy about it at all. Before I went to Romania, I read an article called, “The Spark of the Revolution,” and it was all about how the secret police in Romania had kidnapped a preacher in the eastern part of Romania in Timnisoara, in Transylvania, and how the people just weren’t going to stand for it and rose up against them. Romania has a long tradition of Christianity. Christianity first came to Romania with the Apostle Thomas. Romania is full of beautiful church buildings, and if you ever go, you need to see their church buildings. They are truly something to behold!
There were other pictures, but I couldn’t take a picture of all of them. There was actually a picture of the Romanian royal family with the army behind it, and I took a picture of it, but it is not among my pictures, and I don’t know why. When I was in Romania, the royal family was living in France, and many of them wanted the king back after Communism fell, but they didn’t get him. Romania has democratically elected presidents now. If you watch the movie “Christmas Prince” on net flix, you will be seeing a Romanian palace, When I watched it, I recognized the palace in that movie to be one I toured when I was in Romania. If you look back through my blogs, I did a blog on Dracula’s castle, and I also toured that one. The one people tour is actually a citadel that was built to protect the city of Brasov, and the real Dracula’s castle is in ruins way up in the mountains somewhere. Now, you are asking, “Did Dracula actually exist?” Well, yes, and no. You will have to look back through my blogs and find the blog about Dracula to see why I say that. I wish I could share more of the pictures with you and that they were easier to see, but they are very old pictures, and even if I took a pictures, the original quality wasn’t very good, but this gives you an idea about the history of Romania and why the Romanians celebrate December 1st.