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The symbol of “Saint Stephen’s little breads”

Saint Stephen, one of Jesus’ apprentices and the Church’s first martyr, is celebrated by the Orthodox believers today, December 27, on the third day of Christmas. It is said he helps the sick and those involved in justice affairs for ...

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How has St Andrew become the Romanians’ patron saint? From religion up to the profane ‘garlic’ custom

Christian believers are celebrating Saint Andrew every year on November 30. In 1994, Saint Andrew was named the patron saint of Dobruja, in 1997 the patron saint of Romania, and it became a public holiday as of 2012. The story ...

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Odd Easter customs in Bistrita county

Villages on the Somes and Bargau valleys in Bistrita-Nasaud, Transylvania are preserving special traditions and customs during the Holly Week, such as cleaning the doors’ hinges with garlic, buying new clothes or threatening the nut trees. No field works are ...

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‘Martisor’, the Romanian spring tradition turned into a marketing affair. How much are Romanians willing to spend on Martisor?

March 1 is the day Romanians celebrate ‘Martisor’, an old tradition related to spring arrival and fine weather, also symbolizing love, respect and frienship. The word Martisor is the diminutive of martie, the old folk name for March (Martie, in ...

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Romanian customs and superstitions on Pentecost

Pentecost, also called Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, is celebrating the Christian belief in the Holy Ghost’s descent upon Jesus Christ’s disciples. Pentecost is a Christian tradition, always commemorated on a Sunday and Monday, 50 days after Easter. In Romanian the ...

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Unusual customs and traditions on Saints Constantine and Helen

Every year on May 21, the Orthodox Christians celebrate Saints Constantine and Helen (Constantin si Elena). In traditional calendar, this event is known as Constantine Starling (Constantin Graur) or Cubs’ Constantine (Constantin al Puilor). Elders say that on this day ...

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Purity, at the heart of Easter celebration

The Easter celebration is very important in Romania, as it is inhabited by a vast majority of Orthodox Christians. Around 86 % out of 20 million people of Romanian population is Christian Orthodox. The last Friday of the Easter fast, ...

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The ‘martyrs’ celebration in the Romanian tradition

Romanians celebrate the 40 Saints Martyrs from Sevastia, every year on March 9th. The day marks the beginning of the agricultural year, as well as the end of the moody Babele days and the start of warmer spring days, also ...

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Transylvanian village preserves old “flaming wheel” ritual to welcome spring

An ancient ritual to make the shift from winter to spring is celebrated in a beautiful village in Transylvania. The European village of Sinca Noua, Brasov county reveals Romanian ancient traditions and an amazing natural landscape, where blooming plum trees are ...

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‘Martisor’ – origins, traditions, spring and hopes. Funny wishes

March 1 is the day Romanians celebrate ‘Martisor’, an old tradition related to spring and hopes. Traditionally boys give to girls, as gifts, the ‘Martisor’ symbol; nevertheless, there are several regions in Romania where the girls are the ones to ...

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