The National Day of Romania was celebrated, besides the traditional way, with the inauguration of the biggest Christmas tree in Europe on the evening of December 1. The tree is decorated with some 2,300,000 lights in Unirii’s Square. The evening was market by music shows and fireworks by the tree.

The lighting of the tree was preceded by a series of manifestations dedicated to the National Day. Hundreds of citizens gathered in Universitatii Square starting with 6 pm to enjoy the Romanian folklore music show organized by the City Hall. Later in the evening, Christmas decorations were lighted throughout the capital city streets.

Decorations this year are more modest than the ones in previous years. Bucharest’s deputy mayor Razvan Murgeanu said that the electricity poles are too old and are not able to support more decorations.