Romania: A Civilisation Immersed in White Roses
Romania is located in the northeast of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. It borders the Black Sea to the southeast and is particularly unique and diverse with regard to geography. The magnificent Carpathian Mountains, known as “The Ridge of Romania,” the blue Danube River to which hundreds of meandering rivers and streams converge, and the gorgeous Black Sea are the three national treasures of Romania. The Danube not only irrigates fertile fields on both of its sides but also provides abundant water resources for the power industry and fisheries. The Danube Delta is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
The white rose symbolises happiness, purity and sincerity and is loved by Romanians, who are especially fond of flowers. For them, it also symbolises their nation's enthusiasm, purity, sincerity, dignity, simplicity and harvest. Romanians celebrate harvest season by singing and dancing every year, and the whole nation is immersed in jubilation. A staff member at Romania's booth explained: “We Romanians believe that green symbolises hope, and white symbolises purity. Men tend to wear white trousers that extend to the calves and are often tucked into their black boots. Red is more like love. We have a special preference for colours.” It is said that in the winter, Romanian men and women like to wear sheepskin jackets. Traditional Romanian folk garments were on display at their booth at the third “Colourful World” event. Many people stopped and took a look at these items. A couple stated excitedly: “Look at how beautifully these patterns are designed. We're planning to travel to Romania next year. Then we can experience more of the culture in person.”
The melodious flute music emanating from the Romanian booth at the event attracted many people. The Romanian Cultural Centre in Beijing put on a wonderful performance at the “Colourful World” event. A variety of flutes were on display. A Romanian flute player would even pick one up at random and improvise. Different instruments and melodies conveyed various moods, affecting every listener present. Whenever the music ended, warm applause emerged from the crowd, and the performers would respond with a smile in their traditional costumes. A staff member at the booth explained: “Last year, we mostly displayed pictures to portray Romania. This year, we specially invited artists to perform traditional Romanian musical instruments. They are handmade from wood in our country. We also hope to express different cultural feelings to visitors this year. Our traditional Romanian culture is rich, distinctive and features various forms of expression. It is a good opportunity for us to hold live performances here and show our culture to Chinese visitors.”
The Romanian Cultural Centre in Beijing often holds a variety of events and activities to introduce Romanian culture that are rich in historical heritage. They cover specific artistic achievements such as literature, folk songs and dance and also Romania's performance in economics, science and technology. A staff member at the country's booth stated: “We hope that more and more Chinese people can get a better understanding of Romania through our efforts.”