Romanian Traditions

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 ...

Epiphany Day in Romania

While in many countries the winter holiday ends immediately after the New Year’s Eve, Romania still continue to celebrate. The 6th and the 7th of January marks another two important holidays, Boboteaza (Epiphany Day) and St. John the Baptist. Actually, these two holidays are in very close connection because Boboteaza or the Epiphany Day, marks the moment when Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan river by ...

Share your Christmas story in Romania

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year, is the holiday that brings us together, dresses cities with lights, surrounds us with joy and happiness. Romanian Christmas is not just about gifts, visiting friends and rich meals it is an entire laborious process in advance. The old and preserved traditions make this holiday more beautiful year by year. Starting from Ignat Day (December 20), starting with ...

Romanian Easter: Customs and Traditions

The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the most important and beautiful Christian holidays of the Romania Easter tradition. It has the gift of bringing the family together and it has a lot of customs involving everyone. The red painted eggs are one of the most spread tradition of the Romanian Easter. The eggs are always present on the table during the holiday. Kids can’t hardly wait to participate in the traditions ...

Celebrating love in the Romanian style on Dragobete ’s Day

One of the most beautiful Romanian legends tells the story of a handsome boy named Dragobete. He is the son of Baba Dochia, an old lady with an amazing history as well. Dragobete was half man and half God, immortal and handsome. Due to his endless kindness, he was chosen – according to some sources, by Virgin Mary - to be the Guardian of Love. Photo by Dia Somogyi Many of the old folk stories present him helping the young ...

Romanian Christmas traditions

Romanians, in general, respect almost all religious holidays from their Orthodox calendar but, undoubtedly, Christmas and Easter are considered the most important. Both holidays are about family, love and respect but, by far, Christmas is more attractive to children so, this particular period is eagerly awaited by them. Yet, Romanian Christmas is not just about gifts, visiting friends and rich meals because ...

Pagan customs during winter holidays

Paganism is widely used to describe ancient polytheistic religious traditions as well as archaic folk customs. After adopting Christianity, many nations adapted the old traditions to the new ones but, no nation gave up for good to their ancestral cultural heritage. Romanian ancestors, the Dacians, where among the few European people to worship a single God, Zamolxe. So, Christianity was easily understood and ...

Romanian Christmas Carols

Nobody knows for sure the place or the exact moment when carols appeared and started to spread around the globe. But once people began to use them, they became so fond of them that they also started to create new ones and to improve the old ones. Romanian Christmas carols are among the oldest in the world and their diversity is the most incontestable proof in this regard. They have a lot of themes and different tunes, ...