Romanian Culture & Traditions

Dragobete | Celebrate love as it’s meant to be

Dragobete is a Romanian holiday that is celebrated on February 24th, each year. In the traditional Romanian mythology, Dragobete was a young god of the autochthonous pantheon, but whose celebration date varied from one historic region to another. He is the patron saint of love and cheerfulness and is oftentimes associated with Roman mythology's Cupid and Greek mythology's Eros. But unlike the aforementioned ...

Discover the magic of Christmas in Romania

Christmas is one of the two very important religious holidays in Romania, the other one being Easter. Both holidays are about family reunion, love, and respect. But Christmas is by far the most attractive one, especially to children. Because let’s be serious. Every kid is excited about meeting Santa and receiving his gifts, no matter how naughty he was throughout the year. Christmas traditions in Romania Just ...

ASTRA National Museum Complex

The ASTRA National Museum Complex (Museum Of Traditional Folk Civilization) was established in 1963 and is the largest open-air ethnography exhibit in Europe. The ASTRA Museum is based on the "living museum" concept, aiming to salvage, conserve and showcase traditional folk culture. It is one of the most important institutions of this kind in Europe. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts fairs, craftsmen's ...

The Village Museum Bucharest

A panorama of Romania's erstwhile villages, consisting of old traditional houses gathered from all the regions of the country, the Village Museum Bucharest is one of the unmissable attractions. In the heart of the city, and yet away from urban noise and futuristic buildings, on the shores of the Herastrau Lake, the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village Museum manages to recreate the atmosphere of traditional Romanian ...

Marginea Black Pottery Workshop

The territory of Romania has been inhabited continuously for several thousand years, and remnants of pottery in various shapes and colors, adorned with simple to very complex ornaments prove the existence of rich prehistoric cultures. The Marginea Black Pottery, famous worldwide, is shaped by hand by the craftsmen, fired and then polished, also by hand. The black color of the vessels is due to the firing process. ...

Horezu Monastery

The Horezu Monastery was built between 1690 and 1697 and has preserved to this day most of its original murals. The history of the site (included in the UNESCO heritage) is closely tied to the life of the Romanian prince Constantin Brancoveanu, the founder of Horezu Monastery. The legend behind Horezu Monastery After a 26-year reign, during which he revitalized the country's cultural life and developed a ...

Horezu – the core of Romanian pottery

The town of Horezu, situated in the southwest part of the country, in Valcea County, is considered one of the most representative places of Romania in terms of traditional crafts and folklore. Despite its cultural richness and diversity, the Romanian pottery is the craft most valued and it was sacredly passed on from one generation to another. Since 2005 Horezu pottery is on UNESCO list as, even today, the craftsmen ...

Nicolae Popa Museum

There are some places in Romania that will simply fascinate you. And one of them is, believe it or not, a private peasant museum, situated in the small village of Tarpesti from Neamt County, named Nicolae Popa Museum. The museum was founded in the ‘70s by the local sculptor Nicolae Popa, in his own house. After being wounded in the Second World War, imprisoned by the communists for fighting against their regime and ...

The Painted Monasteries of Bukovina

In the northern part of Romania, just as you enter the land Bukovina, you will find some unique pieces of architecture that you can't find anywhere else in the world. The Painted Monasteries of Bukovina were built between 1487 and 1583 and are decorated by skillful masters with biblical stories. During the Anti-Ottoman wars, Moldavia was at peace until somewhere around 1420, when Mehmed I raided it, and the land was ...

Romanian foods that everyone should try

I think we can all agree on one thing. Romanian food is delicious. Coming to Romania is a must for any travel enthusiast and food lover because there is such a richness in terms of traditional cuisine, that your senses will be absolutely spoiled with amazing and intense flavors. Romanian cuisine may not be as fancy as French cuisine, and it isn't too spicy or too complicated either. But it is interesting and ...