Romanian Holidays Customs and TraditionsOana Enea
Christmas Christmas in Romaniais a major annual celebration, as in most countries of the Christian world. TheChristmas and holiday season starts officially on November 30, onSaint Andrews Day and ends on January 7, with the celebration of Saint John. Other major holidays in this period areGreat Union Day,Saint Nicolasday,Christmas Eve,ChristmasDay,Saint Stephan., New Years Eve(namedRevelionin Romania).
Traditional Christmas Music Music is an important part of Christmas celebration all over Romania. There is a special genre of music, related to Christmas carolsbut with moretraditional Christianlyrics. These are namedcolinde.
The children feel like they are living a fairytale forChristmas Eve.
The Christmas TreeThe Christmas Tree is one of the most important thing that shoud be on the Christmas list for the perfect way to celebrate Jesuss birth.
Santa Claus Writing letters to Santa Claus has been a Christmas tradition for children for many years. These letters contain awishlist of toys.
Christmas foodOn Christmas Day,every Romanian family have on their table sarmale, caltabosi, carnati and toba( traditional food in Romania) Romanian Christmas dishes generally use pork.Near all these types of food Romanians drink wine. and also tuica (plum brandy) as anappetizer . All pork preparation things start on Ignat Day. Then all appetizers are prepared and all the rest at least half prepared..
The traditional cozonacCozonacis a sweet bread, to which milk, sugar, eggs, butter and raisins are added.
Dragobete Dragobeteis a traditionalRomanianholiday originating from Dacian times and celebrated on February, the 24th.. It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Valentine's Day.
Mrior Mrior is an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st, which according to old calendar was also considered as the beginning of the new year. The nameMrioris the diminutive ofmar, the old folk name for March(Martie, in modern Romanian), and this literally means "little March". Mrior, is the name for the red and white string from which a small decoration is tied, and which is offered by people on the 1st day of March. It is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy for the year to come. It is also a symbol of the coming spring.
Martisor legend:Once the sun has descended on earth, and took the image of a young man to attend a national dancehorain one village. Evil dragon, seeing that he got a young face, kidnapped and imprisoned him in a prison, causing suffering to whole nature. It is said that the rivers have stopped flowing; the birds no longer sing . . . the children stop to laughing. No one knew what to do until a brave young man decided to face the dragon and releasing the sun. It started his trip, with an imaginable power that no one has.Trip of young men lasted 3 seasons: summer, autumn and winter. At the end of winter, he found castle of dragon and fought for days until the dragon was shot down. Weak and badly injured, the young man managed to reach to prison where the sun was, issued him and after he died, his blood flowing on snow white. The sun climbed the sky and proclaimed the coming of spring, filling the hearts of people with happiness. Since then, young pupils make two pieces, one white and one red, giving the girls that they love or those close. Red signifies love for all that is beautiful, reminiscent the color of blood of brave young men. White symbolizes purity, health and snowdrop, the first flower of spring.
EasterEaster in Romania is celebrated according to the rituals of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Easter eggsStarting with Holy Thursday, people start painting eggs in a multitude of colors. The predominant color is red, but other colors are also applied - yellow, green, blue and even black. Decorated eggs or 'oua incondeiate' are an integral part of Easter celebration in Romania.
The Easters EveOn the eve of Easter Sunday, people start gathering at church a little before the midnight. And then, on the stroke of the midnight, priests holding crosses, pictures of saints, and candles come out of the backroom of the church, chanting a sermon. People attending the mass also hold candles in their hands, and they get holy fire from the priests to light their candles. Then, they gather at a square in front of the church, saying to each other, "Christ returns to life!" and "Indeed He returns!" Thus, Easter begins with a fantastic view of candlelight spreading at the square.
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