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Independence Day
Moldova

Independence Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Moldova

Moldova celebrates its Independence Day every 27 August. This is in commemoration of Moldova’s declaring independence from the Soviet Union on that day back in 1991.

YearDateDayHoliday
202127 AugFriIndependence Day
202227 AugSatIndependence Day
202327 AugSunIndependence Day
202427 AugTueIndependence Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Although the recent date of Moldovan independence might make it seem like a “young” country, it is actually a very old one. Moldova was long the eastern half of the Medieval Principality of Moldavia. The other half is part of Romania today, which explains why the flags of Romania and Moldova are nearly identical.

Later, Moldavia in its entirety was made tributary to the Ottoman Empire, but in 1812, Russia annexed the eastern portion of Moldavia and named it “Bessarabia.” Bessarabia was returned to an independent Romania in 1918 but was seized by the Soviet Union in 1940. Finally, it declared its independence, like the other Soviet Socialist Republics, in 1991.

Independence Day is an off-work day in Moldova. Most of the businesses and government buildings are closed. But there will be events to attend, including a public speech by the Moldovan president, a flower-laying ceremony at the Monument of Stefan cel Mare, a patriotic concert in National Square, sports competitions, and more.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202027 AugThuIndependence Day
201927 AugTueIndependence Day
201827 AugMonIndependence Day
201727 AugSunIndependence Day