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Christmas Day in Romania

Christmas Day (Crăciun) is an annual public holiday in Romania on December 25, along with the second day of Christmas (December 26). It is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus.

Christmas lights in the main square of the Romanian city of Sibiu.
Christmas lights in the main square of the Romanian city of Sibiu.

What do people do?

Many Romanians start celebrating Christmas weeks before December 25. Fun Christmas activities include decorating Christmas trees, caroling songs from home to home, and giving presents to one another on Christmas Eve (Ajunul Crăciunului). The Christmas dinners often include different types of pork dishes, Ciorba de perisoare (vegetable soup with bran and pork meatballs), Sarmale (cabbage leaves stuffed with pork), and Cozonac (fruit bread). Gogosi (Romanian doughnuts) and cheesecakes are also eaten. People traditionally wish each other a Merry Christmas, or “Crặciun Fericit”.

Public life

Christmas Day is a public holiday in Romania so banks, public offices, and many private businesses are closed. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God. His birth date is unknown because there is little information about his early life. Many Christians celebrate Jesus’ birthday on December 25. Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7. Christmas is celebrated in many other countries.


Many shops and homes have visual displays of Santa Claus, known as Moş Crăciun (Old Man Christmas), Moş Nicolae (Old Man Nicholas) and Moş Gerilă (Old Man Frost).

About Christmas Day in other countries

Read more about Christmas Day.

Christmas Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
TueDec 251990Christmas DayNational holiday
WedDec 251991Christmas DayNational holiday
FriDec 251992Christmas DayNational holiday
SatDec 251993Christmas DayNational holiday
SunDec 251994Christmas DayNational holiday
MonDec 251995Christmas DayNational holiday
WedDec 251996Christmas DayNational holiday
ThuDec 251997Christmas DayNational holiday
FriDec 251998Christmas DayNational holiday
SatDec 251999Christmas DayNational holiday
MonDec 252000Christmas DayNational holiday
TueDec 252001Christmas DayNational holiday
WedDec 252002Christmas DayNational holiday
ThuDec 252003Christmas DayNational holiday
SatDec 252004Christmas DayNational holiday
SunDec 252005Christmas DayNational holiday
MonDec 252006Christmas DayNational holiday
TueDec 252007Christmas DayNational holiday
ThuDec 252008Christmas DayNational holiday
FriDec 252009Christmas DayNational holiday
SatDec 252010Christmas DayNational holiday
SunDec 252011Christmas DayNational holiday
TueDec 252012Christmas DayNational holiday
WedDec 252013Christmas DayNational holiday
ThuDec 252014Christmas DayNational holiday
FriDec 252015Christmas DayNational holiday
SunDec 252016Christmas DayNational holiday
MonDec 252017Christmas DayNational holiday
TueDec 252018Christmas DayNational holiday
WedDec 252019Christmas DayNational holiday
FriDec 252020Christmas DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Christmas Day is a Christian holiday to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth in Romania and falls on December 25 every year.

Christmas Day 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Name in other languages

Christmas DayEnglish
List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in December 2015 in Romania

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