Ro­ma­nia: A Civil­i­sa­tion Im­mersed in White Roses

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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.”

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