15 Jan 2017

January 15, 2017 - National Culture Day, 167 years after the birth of the poet Mihai Eminescu

Mihai Eminescu was born on January 15, 1850 in the village of Botoșani, Romania. The poet would later be referred to as the beacon, “the morning star of Romanian literature.” His poetry is now renowned all over the world, printed in countless editions. His poems have been translated into seventy languages and some of them have become folk songs. Hundreds of books have been written about his life and death; memorials in his honor have been erected and streets named after him. The year 1989, the 100th anniversary of Eminescu’s death, was declared ‘International Eminescu Year’ by UNESCO and he was also named ‘poet of the year’ in 2000.

Eugen Doga’s life and creative path are closely connected with Eminescu. Eugen Doga lives on Eminescu Street. The majority of Doga’s works are based on Eminescu’s poems about his tender and unfulfilled love for the golden-haired poetess Veronica Micle.



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