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