A Brief Guide to Romanian People and Their Culture
Romania is a beautiful country located in Eastern Europe that is brimming with awesome natural escapes, legends full of love and blood and a history of people as old as humans itself. You will find a lot in Romania that will make your tour some of the best days of your life. Visit some of the most beautiful castles of Europe, meet the friendly Romanian people, eat the popular Romanian food and experience the rich culture of Romania in your tour.
Romanian People, Culture and Traditions
The culture of Romania is quite rich in itself with a lot of old traditions still being followed by the people. This is because of its unique evolving process and varied rule in the past. The Dacians are known to have first arrived on this land and started residing here. Other than them, the Soviets, the Huns, the Hungarians and a lot more races have ruled this land. This has made its culture quite interesting and sometimes confusing too. Romanians have a particular affinity towards bright colors. They wear colorful ornaments and costumes in the traditional dance and on festivals. This thing is also visible in their pottery, carvings, carpets, painted glass items and minutely decorated Easter eggs. The unique and vivid handcrafted items of Romanian traditional art can be found in several shops.
Climate of Romania
Romania’s has the Black Sea, the inland area, high mountains and fertile plains. It falls inside the temperate zone. These all conditions make Romania’s climate pleasant and dynamic. Winters can be cold but not like the other Northern European countries. Summers are warm but blazing sun is not found everywhere except the coastal towns. Romania experiences all the four seasons, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Summer and Winter more dominant here.
Romanian Festivals, holidays, Celebrations
Christmas: Most of the population in Romania is Christian and Christmas is probably the biggest festival there, The Romanians celebrate the birth of Christ as a four-day long festival from the 24th December to the 27th December. The people celebrate by singing many Christmas carols and relishing the Christmas special food, most of which is pork.
A few days before Christmas, on 6th December, Saint Nicholas Day is also celebrated in Romania. Saint Nicholas is considered the cousin of Santa Claus and the messenger of winter holidays. It is believed that Saint Nicholas puts sweets and gifts in children’s boots.
Easter: Easter is celebrated in Romania on a huge level. People of Romania love Easter. On the Easter eve, people tend to go to the churches and they bring the Sacred Light; the fire of candles and lamps of the church. They light their candles from this light which is considered a symbol of good fortune, prosperity and peace. The traditional painting of Easter eggs is done with high enthusiasm. People use leaves of onion as a traditional brush to paint different patterns on Easter eggs.
Mărțișor: This festival is celebrated on the first day of March and marks the beginning of Spring. Mărțișor is a red and white string which is tied to small decorative items. These items are presented to friends, family and colleagues. This practice is supposed to bring good luck. Mărțișor got its name from Martie which means March.
Dragobete: It is probably the most interesting festival of Romania. It is celebrated on 24th February and is the Romanian version of Valentine’s Day. Dragobete is a character from old myths who is represented as the “guardian of love”.
The Language of Romania
The prevalent and most common language spoken in Romania is Romanian. Similar to most of the European languages, Romanian is also based on Latin. It is quite identical to French, Italian and Spanish. English can also be heard in this country but is mostly limited to larger towns and cities. Due to the communist rule in Romania French and Russian was also taught in schools in those days. Some of older people can also be found to speak and understand these languages.
People of Romania (Very open and Friendly)-
The Romanian people are known to be very open and friendly. They are very expressive while talking, even with strangers. Greetings and departures are marked with hugs and kisses on the cheek which is quite common here. Handshaking is the most common way of greeting someone. A woman may be greeted by kissing her hand. Direct eye contact is appreciated while talking in Romania. Small gifts, chocolates or flowers are given while visiting someone. Hospitality is inculcated in Romanians and they love serving guests.
Romanians are very expressive in their talking. Discussion related to weather, politics, sports, etc. with the Romanians is common and not considered rude. Many people would find it a little strange but they stand pretty close to each other while talking. Their conversations are full of gestures and they can touch themselves on the arms and shoulders while talking.
Attractions in Romania
Romania is full of both natural and man-made wonders of beauty. There are several such places spread over the whole country. If you visit this country, you must not miss these Romania points of interest worth visiting.
Peles Castle: a standout amongst the most excellent manors from Europe. It has in excess of 170 rooms, yet only can be seen by visitors. The regal living arrangement was worked in the vicinity of 1875 and 1883. King Carol I needed such a great castle in that beautiful land. There are important accumulations of jewelry, figures, floor coverings, statues, paintings, gold and silver dishes in the castle.
Bran Castle: It is thought to be Dracula’s manor. It is located 30 km away from Brasov. On Halloween, a huge number of American and British tourists come to this castle. It is a standout amongst the most expensive estates on the planet.
Bucovina: Bucovina a region in Northern Romania. It is greatly valued by visitors for its monasteries – Moldovita, Sucevita, Humor and Voronet.
The Danube Delta: The delta of River Danube has distinctive lakes and swamps. You can discover here more than 300 different species of birds and 45 types of fish. It is the second biggest delta in Europe.
Transfagarasan: This is the road that ascends the Fagaras Mountains (Romania’s highest mountain range with Moldoveanu peak of height 2544 meters). The road has viaducts, tunnels and very curvy turns. You likewise have the opportunity to visit the icy lake (Lake Balea). There are innumerable turns on this road, that’s why it is advisable to drive not more than 50 km/hour.
There are a lot of places to visit in Romania. Because of such amazing places, Romania tourism is flourishing and a major contributor to the country’s economy. You can come and visit this beautiful country anytime. Just pick your favorite trips from the available packages or craft your own.