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Orthodox Easter Day in Romania

Quick Facts

Easter (Paștele) is both a religious and a national holiday in Romania. The Easter date is based on the Orthodox Christian Church’s calendar.

Local names

NameLanguage
PaşteleRomanian
Orthodox Easter DayEnglish
Orthodoxer OstersonntagGerman

Orthodox Easter Day 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Orthodox Easter Day 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

An Easter egg being delicately handpainted in Romania.

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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:

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 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.

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 Easter candles that are used at a church mass/service are kept afterwards because they symbolize protection.

About Orthodox Easter Day in other countries

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Orthodox Easter Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunApr 151990Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 71991Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 261992Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 181993Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunMay 11994Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 231995Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 141996Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 271997Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 191998Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 111999Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 302000Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 152001Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunMay 52002Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 272003Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 112004Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunMay 12005Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 232006Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 82007Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 272008Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 192009Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 42010Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 242011Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 152012Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunMay 52013Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 202014Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 122015Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunMay 12016Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 162017Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 82018Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 282019Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 192020Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday

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