Christmas in Romania is a different kind of Christmas, and that’s because of the fact that tradition still plays a key role in it. Ancient customs, that have been passed down generation after generation still come to life every year, in the cold winter, during the period of the winter holidays- which in Romania starts around the 20th of December and ends on January 7th, when Romanians celebrate Saint John the Baptiser. Surely enough, the effect of globalisation is obvious as well, as Romanians have adopted customs which are respected around the globe,like decorating the Christmas tree or giving gifts.
Food is very important in Romania when it comes to a traditional Christmas. Women around the country work ceaselessly in order to make sure that the Christmas meal is bountiful, as the whole family gathers for the first meal with meat after the Christmas fastening. A traditional Romanian Christmas meal consists of “sarmale” which are a mixture of meat, rice and spices wrapped up in cabbage, “piftie” which is pork meat in aspic, Boeuf salad- a mix of veggies such as potatoes, carrots, celery and peas with chicken and mayonnaise, eggplant salad, traditional sausages and “ciorbă de perișoare” a sour soup with pork meat dumplings. The favored dessert is called “cozonac” and it’s similar to the Italian panettone. Everything is topped off with the country’s signature alcoholic drink- “palinca” and wine.
Another important aspect of Christmas in Romania is the tradition of caroling. Children go from to door on Christmas Eve, singing traditional Romanian carols. They receive in exchange of their performance apples, nuts, sweets and sometimes money.
Adults also go caroling, the night of December 24th and every day until the last day of Christmas. They don’t receive tokens as the children, but they are properly served with food and drinks. In some part of the country, rituals are performed in order to keep the “bad spirits” away. Men dress up as ghastly beings and sing and dance.
Christmas in Romania is all about family: gathering round the table, eating, singing carols and spending quality time with each other. Carolers are always welcome, the food is plenty and joy is the air. What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
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