DAY 7: ROMANIAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

As you might already know, I live in Romania which has some pretty interesting Christmas traditions  I want to share with you.

CHRISTMAS FASTING

Romanians are said to be very religious people, so from 14th of November to 24th of December, according the Orthodox religion, you are not allowed to eat meat, eggs, drink milk or eat any diary products for that matter. There are, however, a few days when you can eat fish.

Photo taken from: pemptousia.ro

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

We usually start listening to Christmas once the Christmas Fasting starts. It is also when children are starting rehearsing Christmas songs at their schools and kindergartens.

Photo taken from: turismmarket.com

On Christmas Eve, friends and families gather together and go Christmas caroling form house to house, which is quite beautiful to see and hear on the streets. The children who go caroling receive as a reward apples, nuts or cozonac (a traditional Romanian cake).

Photo taken from: cimec.ro

ST. IGNAT’S DAY

Romanians eat a lot of pork, so in December it is a tradition to slaughter a pig in order to have meat for the holidays. It doesn’t sound beautiful, I know, but tradition is tradition…

Photo taken from: moiseiturism.ro

THE BEAR AND THE GOAT DANCES

In order to drive the evil spirits away, a group of people put on masks, bear fur or dress up as goats and use really loud drums and start dancing. In the past they used to go from village to village to chase the evil spirits away.

Photo taken from: crainicul.ro

There are plenty other Christmas traditions that Romanians have, but these are the ones that happen every year and are really popular.

What’s a Christmas tradition from your country?

Alex D.

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8 thoughts on “DAY 7: ROMANIAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

  1. This makes me miss home even more… 🙂 We might not do many of these nowadays…but Christmas is not the same without the smell of freshly prepared sausages, the sound of neighbours and relatives caroling on the streets on Christmas Eve or without being together with your closest friends for a proper Christmas feast.

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