Limba noastră (public holiday)

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Limba noastră
Observed byMoldova
Date31 August
Next time31 August 2019 (2019-08-31)
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Limba noastră (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlimba ˈno̯astrə] (About this soundlisten), English: Our Language) is a public holiday in Moldova celebrated yearly on 31 August.[1][2]


A slate indicating the 31 August 1989 street of Chişinău

On August 27, 1989, the Popular Front of Moldova organized a mass demonstration in Chişinău, that became known as the Great National Assembly, which pressured the authorities of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic to adopt a language law on August 31, 1989 that proclaimed the Moldovan language written in the Latin script to be the state language of the MSSR. Its identity with the Romanian language was also established.[3][4] On June 23, 1990 the Moldovan Parliament established August 31 as a national language day.[5]

In the main square of Chişinău a concert is organized featuring the performances of various national entertainers. Normally the stage is not dismantled since Independence Day which takes place on August 27.[6]

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. ^ (in Romanian) Horia C. Matei, "State lumii. Enciclopedie de istorie." Meronia, Bucureşti, 2006, p. 292-294
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Limba Noastra (end of August) – Language Day