Orthodox Easter Monday in Romania
The Monday after Easter Sunday (Paștele) is a public holiday across Romania and celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death, as told in the Christian bible. Romania’s Easter holiday follows the Orthodox Easter date, which is often different from the Easter date determined by other Christian churches.
What Do People Do?
Easter is one of the most important religious celebrations in Romania. Lamb and bread dishes are prepared for special meals and eggs are also put on display. Romanians call the painted and decorated eggs “oua incondeiate”, “oua impiestrite”, or “oua inchiestrite”. It is customary to knock each other’s eggs during Easter, and it is believed that people who knock each other’s eggs will see each other again after death.
Easter Monday is a national 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.
Romania’s Easter holiday follows the Easter dates set by the Orthodox Christian Church. Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often occurs later than the Easter period that falls after the time of the March equinox.
One of the most important colors used to paint Easter eggs is red, which symbolizes, Jesus’ blood when he was crucified. These eggs are often called “rosele”, “rusele” or “rosetele”, as “rosu” means “red” in Romanian. The most used decorative motifs for decorating Easter eggs include:
- The lost path, where souls walk toward the judgment.
- The cross.
- The fir or oak leaf.
- Various plants and animals.
The Easter candles that are used at a church mass/service are kept afterwards because they symbolize protection.
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Orthodox Easter Monday Observances
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Quick FactsThe Day after Easter (Paștele) is both a religious and a national holiday in Romania. The Easter date is based on the Orthodox Christian Church’s calendar.
Orthodox Easter Monday 2016Monday, May 2, 2016
Orthodox Easter Monday 2017Monday, April 17, 2017
Name in other languages
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- Orthodox Easter Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016