In Romania, 1 and 2 January are public holiday for New Year’s Day. 1 January is also Saint Vasile Day, referring to the feast day of Saint Basil the Great.
24 Jan. – Romania recently established a new public holiday called “Union of the Romanian Principalities”. It is also known as Unification Day and sometimes called Small Union Day to distinguish it from National Day, which is also called Great Union Day.
Mărțișor is an old tradition celebrated all over Romania every year, on March 1st.The name Mărțișor is a diminutive of March (Martie in Romanian).MartisorIt is believed that the person who wears the red and white string would enjoy a prosperous and healthy year.
Not long ago, in the countryside, people used to celebrate the Martisor by hanging a red and white string at their the gate, window, cattle’s horn and shed to protect against evil spirits and to invoke nature’s regenerative power.
In Romania, both Orthodox Easter Day and Orthodox Easter Monday are public holidays. Orthodox Easter is followed in 23 other countries besides Romania, including Russia, Greece, and the neighbouring states of Ukraine and Bulgaria. In all, about 250 million people celebrate Orthodox Easter every year all around the world.
Romania inherited Labor Day, on 1 May, from the days of Communist domination, but unlike some other states, they have not discarded it or looked upon it with disdain due to such past association.
Instead, Labor Day is a time when everyone gets off work and finds one of several popular ways to enjoy themselves for a day or for several days in a row.
Some camp out by the sea and swim or play a guitar by the sandy beach at Vama Veche. Others visit the “posh” concerts, resorts, and clubs in nearby Mamaia. While still others head to the mountains to hike, picnic, grill meat, and stay at fancy, breathtakingly scenic resorts.
It’s not about Socialist goals or protesting for higher wages for most people in Romania today. It’s all about spring, the opening of the beach season, and spending quality time with family.
Romania observes Children’s Day on 1 June. The holiday was first celebrated as International Children’s Day in 2012, but it only became an official Romanian public holiday in 2017.
Most people in Romania get a day off work and school for Children’s Day, and most businesses are closed. However, although it’s not a regular school day, there are typically school events around this date where teachers may give out awards to school children. And there are also many other public events, including art exhibits of art done by children.
Parents and grandparents often give gifts to their kids and grandkids on Children’s Day. And families will often take kids out for a fun day or have a special meal and a kid’s party at home. Additionally, there are media campaigns on Romanian TV, radio, newspapers, and Internet devoted to raising awareness of the importance and value of children and of the parent-child relationship in society.
Pentecost Sunday and Pentecost Monday is a very large celebration in Romania. Often referred to as Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, this is the last official holiday of the orthodox Easter season. The Pentecost holiday is also known as Rusalii in Romania, especially in the more rural areas of the country. Rusalii refers to ancient beliefs and superstitions that to this day are still practiced at Pentecost.
In folklore tradition, on Maundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter) all the restless spirits of young girls that have died rise to roam the earth. These spirits take the form of fairies and similar beings and roam the forests and gather near pools of water. Their songs are said to drive men mad and that if you see one, you will suffer from insanity until you are cleansed of the vision. It is on Pentecost that these spirits must be returned to their true form, and special ceremonies must be performed.
Assumption Day comes every 15 August in Romania, and is also called by two other names: Saint Mary’s Day and Dormition of the Theotokos. The last-named name means “falling asleep of the God-bearer,” in reference to Mary’s death and her being the mother of Jesus Christ.Orthodox devout will fast for two full weeks, 14 days, leading up to Assumption Day. And there will then be special church services and numerous colourful religious processions when the day arrives.
The Feast of Saint Andrew in Romania is celebrated with a public holiday on 30 November each year. Saint Andrew was the first of the apostles of Jesus Christ who preached Christianity in the southern part of Romania. As a result, Saint Andrew is also considered the patron saint of the country.
Great Union Day in Romania is celebrated annually every 1 December to commemorate the expansion of Romania to, more or less, its present-day boundaries in the aftermath of World War I. It was on this date that Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina joined Romania in 1918.
On National Day, Romanians fly their national flag, which represents the three major regions of their country. The blue stripe stands for Transylvania, the yellow stripe for Wallachia, and the red stripe for Moldavia.
The tone changes dramatically on 1 December when Christmas lights are put up along the streets. Saint Nicolas appears to give out presents to kids on 6 December. Children put out boots, hoping for candy, sweets, or books. But if they were bad that year, they might just get sticks in their boots.
When 20 December arrives, preparations for Christmas swing into full gear. Pigs destined for Christmas dinner are slaughtered and Christmas tree shopping begins. By the 23rd of December, “Christmas Eve Eve,” Christmas trees simply must be up and decorated, and children often go out carolling in their local neighbourhoods, hoping to receive cookies in return.
Romanians make music an especially important part of the way they keep Christmas, and they have even developed a special genre for the occasion called “colinda.” Colinda uses hymn-like lyrics that describe the birth of Christ and related matters but combines them with traditional, Romanian-style music for a truly unique result.