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Romanian Traditions

Romanian traditions vary from one region to another. In this article we'll present to you the most popular traditions present in Romania. Most of them are still kept, but some of them are fading away.

  • Romanian Traditional Drink: Home Made Wine, Home Made brandy (Țuică and Pălincă)
  • Romanian Traditional Food
  • Romanian Traditional Folk Clothing
  • Visiting a Romanian - Hospitality
  • Romanian Baptizing Traditions
  • Romanian Marriage Traditions
  • Romanian Burial Traditions
  • Romanian Religious Celebrations

Romanian traditional drinks

The most famous Romanian traditional liqueur is "Vișinată" made of fermented sour cherries, sugar and alcohol.
Here is the way it is done:

Romanian Traditional Food

Pastramă
Ștrule
Icre
Ciorbă de burtă
Sarmale


Romanian traditional clothing

Romanian traditional folk costumes are made up of a a shirt and skirt for women. The women's shirt is called "ie".
Here is a video showing some types of "ie":

Visiting a Romanian -Hospitality

If you are a guest of a Romanian host, especially if it is let's say your parents in law, you should pay particular attention to these advises. It is quite common that you will be offered a lot of food and drinks, most probably much more than you can eat. This happens in particular for celebrations e.g. birthdays, Easter, Christmas. It is very likely that the menu will be meat based. We have been offered several times twice or three time the amount of food that we could eat for a meal. The Romanian host will usually insist that you eat as much as you can. From their perspective the more you are eating the more you enjoy it, and they genuinely want to make you feel good. You should be cautious though to avoid indigestion or getting drunk. If you want to avoid these risks you need to politely say No. You need to be ready to repeat "Nu, mulțumesc" several times as your host will likely persist in offering you more food, or that you try just another bite of the next dish.


Romanian Easter

Easter is the most important Romanian religious celebration. Many orthodox and the (few) non-orthodox Romanians Easter come to church at least for Easter.
Just as a side note remember that it can happen that the catholic Easter does not fall on the same day with the orthodox Easter.
Unlike traditions in other countries in Romania there is no egg hunt (to hide chocolate eggs, usually outside and then finding them).

What do Romanian eat for Easter?

Romanians eat mainly lamb based food for Easter. It is very common to find on the table baked lamb as well as Drob a minced lamb meat based dish.

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