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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.

Easter composition
Many Romanian homes have decorated eggs on display during the Easter period.
Many Romanian homes have decorated eggs on display during the Easter period.
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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.

Public Life

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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.

About Orthodox Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Orthodox Easter Monday.

Orthodox Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonApr 52010Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 252011Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 162012Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonMay 62013Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 212014Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 132015Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonMay 22016Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 172017Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 92018Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 292019Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
MonApr 202020Orthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox

Quick Facts

The 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 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Orthodox Easter Monday 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
PaşteleRomanian
Orthodox Easter MondayEnglish
Orthodoxer OstermontagGerman

List of dates for other years

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Other holidays in May 2017 in Romania

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