Limba noastră (public holiday)

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Limba noastră
Stamp of Moldova md394-6a.jpg
2001 Moldovan stamp about the holiday
Observed byMoldova
SignificanceThe officiality of the native language of Moldova, called either Moldovan or Romanian, in 1989
Date31 August
Next time31 August 2023 (2023-08-31)

Limba noastră (Moldovan Cyrillic: Лимба ноастрэ, Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlimba ˈno̯astrə] (listen); English: Our language) is a public holiday in Moldova celebrated yearly on 31 August.[1][2]

The holiday used to be known as Limba noastră cea română ("Our Romanian Language") or Ziua limbii române ("Romanian Language Day"), but its name was changed to the current one in 1994.[3]


A slate indicating the 31 August 1989 street of Chișinău

On 27 August 1989, the Popular Front of Moldova organized a mass demonstration in Chișinău, that became known as the Great National Assembly, which pressured the authorities of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (Moldavian SSR) to adopt a language law on 31 August 1989 that proclaimed the Moldovan language written in the Latin script to be the state language of the MSSR. Its identity and relationship with the Romanian language was also established.[4][5] On June 23, 1990 the Moldovan Parliament established August 31 as a national language day.[6]

Today, in the main square of Chișinău a concert is organized featuring the performances of various national entertainers. Normally the stage is not dismantled since Independence Day which takes place on 27 August.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lonely Planet, Moldova Work & study
  2. ^ On 31 August Moldova celebrates the Language Day Archived 2010-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Botnarenco, Iurii (31 August 2021). "Igor Grosu spune când limba "moldovenească" va deveni "română" în Constituție". Adevărul Moldova (in Romanian).
  4. ^ (in Romanian) Horia C. Matei, "State lumii. Enciclopedie de istorie." Meronia, București, 2006, pp. 292–294
  5. ^ Legea cu privire la functionarea limbilor vorbite pe teritoriul RSS Moldovenesti Nr.3465-XI din 01.09.89 Vestile nr.9/217, 1989 Archived 2006-02-19 at the Wayback Machine (Law regarding the usage of languages spoken on the territory of the Republic of Moldova): "Moldavian SSR supports the desire of the Moldovans that live across the borders of the Republic, and considering the existing linguistic Moldo-Romanian identity — of the Romanians that live on the territory of the USSR, of doing their studies and satisfying their cultural needs in their native language."
  6. ^ "UNIMEDIA - Portalul de știri nr. 1 din Moldova".
  7. ^ Limba Noastra (end of August) – Language Day