Downtown Bucharest was lit up for the winter holidays in the colors of the European Union on Friday evening in a ceremony attended by President Traian Basescu and Bucharest mayor Adriean Videanu.

Thousands of lights were turned on along major traffic routes of the Bucharest capital, especially in the downtown area linking the Unirii Square and the Romana Square, via the Universitatii Square. Most of the lights there are white, yellow and blue, the colors of the European Union.