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Major Romanian Holidays Are Divine

Feb 2, 2008
Romanians adore holidays. Here is the picture of major holidays in Romania. The Great Union of 1918 was and still is the most sublime page of the Romanian history and its greatness lies in the fact that the accomplishment of national identity is not the work of a political figure or a government or a party; it is the historical fact of the entire Romanian nation. Therefore, the 1st day of December is the national day of Romania, in the memory of those glorious times.

December 24th - Christmas
One of the most beautiful holidays is Christmas, the celebration of Lord Jesus Christ's Birth. Christmas preparations begin with the lent, which lasts six weeks. On Christmas Eve, you fast for Jesus' Mother. On December 20, on the Ignatius day, Romanians sacrifice the pig, and they cook the specific dishes for the holiday. Each area of Romania has its own specific way of welcoming and celebrating Christmas, but you see in any place the Christmas tree as a very important ceremony element.

On Christmas Eve groups of children and youngsters go singing carols from door to door, following a ritual made of ceremonial texts, magic formulas, dances and gestures. The host is always asked if it is okay to go ahead with the singing and the answer is usually a positive one.

Carols, the most common tradition for Romanians, send health wishes, rich crops and the accomplishment of all wishes in the New Year. One of the most appreciated songs is "The star" a song that announces Lord's Birth. On the same day, people set up the Christmas tree, open Santa's gifts and listen to carols. The two days of Christmas are celebrated within the family.

Furthermore, a major holiday in Romania is Easter. Christ has resurrected and defeated death, for Him and for us. In the new perspective of the Christian life, we believe that we defeated Death too through Jesus Resurrection, we die in order to revive and we revive to live forever with Christ. Through suffering and death, we enjoy the revival; through revival, we take joy and we triumph in Christ's triumph, as a triumph of our own. He died for us and he triumphed for us. In His Death lays our salvation, in His Revival lays our victory.

February - The month of the hearts
February is universally known as the month of the lovers. What could be sweeter than a special day dedicated to love, a day when you confess your true love to your beloved person, your husband, brother and mother?

The reason for celebrating love on this particular day is that this is the day when Saint Valentine, the guardian of lovers, was executed for glorifying love and young people.

These are only some major holidays in Romania and they are still celebrated in a deep spiritual manner, as there still are Romanians with tears in their eyes when they listen to a carol or when they are in a church on Easter night...
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