Timisoara celebrates its “anniversary” on August 3rd every year. This date has been chosen because it marks the date when the city officially became part of the Romanian state, in 1919. This year will mark Timisoara’s 100th anniversary and the City Hall has prepared some events to celebrate it.
Bits of history: Timisoara in Romania
The first official mentions of Timisoara data back to the early 13th century, but the city is probably older than that. Back then the city was part of the Hungarian Kingdom. It was conquered by the Ottoman army in 1552 and has stayed under Ottoman rule until 1716 when it was freed by the Habsburg forces.
It wasn’t until after the First World War that Timisoara and the Banat region became a part of greater Romania. While the year 1918 is generally known as the year that the big Romanian state was created, technically, it wasn’t until 1919 that the Banat region became part of the country.
Timisoara 100th anniversary: the celebrations
The Timisoara City Hall has prepared some festivities to celebrate Timisoara’s 100th anniversary. If you want to find out more about the history of the city and the country or if you are a fan of reenactment events, you may want to take part in these celebrations that will take place on August 3rd, 2019 in Unirii Square.
Here is a brief timeline of the event:
9.00 a.m.: In Unirii Square, in front of the Art Museum, there will be a screening provided by the local TV channel TVR Timisoara about the historical moment when Romanian army troops entered Timisoara on August 3rd, 1919.
The screening will be followed by a military-religious ceremonial.
10.00 a.m.: A reenactment of the moment the Romanian forces entered the city. The event will take place in Unirii Square, starting from George Coșbuc street, located to the right of the Roman-Catholic Cathedral.
This reenactment will be followed by official speeches, after which a parade through the city center, towards the Orthodox Cathedral will start.
In the evening, starting at 9 p.m. a concert by the local Philharmonic will be held.
In addition to this festive schedule on August 3rd, the city’s Centennial will be celebrated through an “arts and crafts” market and a series of live concerts.
The market, supported by local artisans, will take place between August 1st and 4th in Liberty Square.
The live concerts, featuring popular Romanian artists on Friday and Sunday, traditional Romanian music on Thursday and blues on Sunday, will take place in Victory Square.
Pictures via Evenimente Primaria Timisoara.