Yesterday was Moldova’s Independence Day (Ziua Independenţei, pronounced: zee-wah independen-tsia). This day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the Soviet Union on August 27, 1991. The Declaration was approved and signed by 278 parliament deputies on 27 August 1991, but was destroyed during the 2009 Chişinău riots. On March, 2, 1992, The Republic of Moldova gained official recognition of statehood, becoming a member of the United Nations.
Throughout the country most businesses and workplaces closed for this holiday and since it fell on a Tuesday this year, most people also had Monday off. I went into work Monday, but took a lazy Tuesday working from home, seeing a few of the festivities that went on all day in central Balti and preparing food for dinner. Since we finally had all of Team Balti, (the five PCVs living in Balti) in the city at the same time, we decided to celebrate Independence Day with the first ever Team Balti masa.