Bridge of Flowers (event)
|Bridge of Flowers|
|Official name||Podul de Flori|
|Observed by||Romania, Moldova|
|Celebrations||Feasting, flag waving, patriotic speeches|
|Date||May 6, 1990,
June 16, 1991
Inhabitants from both sides of the border, which had been tightly enforced since World War II (for two decades prior to which much of Moldova had been part of the Kingdom of Romania), gathered on each bank, many crossing what had been described as a watery Berlin Wall to see family members long separated by the frontier. The number of participants has been estimated at hundreds of thousands and 1.2 million.
The demonstration, which the Bucharest-Chișinău Cultural Society and the Popular Front of Moldova helped organise, began early in the morning as thousands appeared on the Romanian side with armfuls of flowers. Eight crossings were set up between Romania and Moldova: Miorcani-Pererita, Stânca-Costești, Sculeni-Sculeni, Ungheni-Ungheni, Albița-Leușeni, Fălciu-Stoianovca, Oancea-Cahul and Galați-Giurgiulești. At noon, a group of priests celebrated a Te Deum, after which church bells on both sides rang for a long time. Then flowers were thrown into the river and meetings on the bridge began to take place, complete with tears and embraces. Speeches, slogans and appeals were absent. Popular music and games, festive meals and similar activities followed, with the event wrapping up around 6 pm.
A similar event took place on June 16, 1991.
- 1989 Moldova civil unrest
- Bessarabia in Romanian-Soviet relations
- Moldova–Romania border crossings
- Romanian Revolution
- King, p.149
- Podul de flori - prima deschidere...
- (Romanian) "23 de ani de la primul Pod de Flori peste Prut", in Adevărul, May 6, 2013
- King, Charles. The Moldovans. Hoover Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8179-9792-X.
- (Romanian) "Podul de flori - prima deschidere a frontierelor dintre România și Republica Moldova" ("The Bridge of Flowers - First Border Crossing Opened between Romania and the Republic of Moldova", in Jurnalul de Botoșani și Dorohoi, May 7, 2005
- (Romanian) Ştefan Plugaru, "Istoricul Asociației Culturale „Pro Basarabia și Bucovina”, Filiala „Mihail Kogălniceanu” Huși" ("History of the Pro Basarabia and Bucovina Cultural Association, Mihail Kogălniceanu Chapter, Huși")
- (Romanian) "Podul de flori", tvr.ro, with footage of the event