Orthodox Easter Day in Romania
Easter Day (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. Many churches across Romania hold special Easter services. Families and friends gather for an Easter lunch or dinner, where meals include:
- Lamb meat, including drob (lamb organs’ haggis with vegetables).
- Pască, a special type of Cozonac (walnut pound cake).
- Painted eggs. The colors that are used are red, yellow, blue, green and black.
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 Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays 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.
About Orthodox Easter Day in other countriesRead more about Orthodox Easter Day.
Orthodox Easter Day Observances
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|Sun||May 1||2016||Orthodox Easter Day||National holiday, Orthodox|
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|Sun||Apr 28||2019||Orthodox Easter Day||National holiday, Orthodox|
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Quick FactsEaster (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 Day 2016Sunday, May 1, 2016
Orthodox Easter Day 2017Sunday, April 16, 2017
Name in other languages
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- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
Other holidays in May 2017 in Romania
- Labor Day / May Day – Monday, May 1, 2017
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 7, 2017
- Father's Day – Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Orthodox Ascension Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017