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New Year's Day in Romania

New Year’s Day (Anul Nou) is a public holiday in Romania on January 1 every year.

Happy People
Friends welcoming the New Year with cheer and zest.
Friends welcoming the New Year with cheer and zest.
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What Do People Do?

Many Romanians have the day off work and school on New Year’s Day and the following day. It is a day for people to rest, meet with friends and family, and take part in various social activities. New Year's Day follows on from New Year's Eve.

Public Life

January 1 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.


New Year’s Day, January 1, marks the start of the year in the Gregorian calendar, which is used in many countries. New Year’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated worldwide.


There are many superstitions that are associated with the New Year in Romania. For example, wearing red clothing symbolizes good luck and cheerfulness, while eating fish is supposed to bring wealth for the New Year. Babies born on New Year’s Day are considered to be lucky babies. Opening doors at midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day symbolizes letting go of the passing year and starting the New Year. These are just a few of many symbols and beliefs regarding the New Year.

About New Year's Day in other countries

Read more about New Year's Day.

New Year's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriJan 12010New Year's DayNational holiday
SatJan 12011New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12012New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12013New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12014New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 12015New Year's DayNational holiday
FriJan 12016New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12017New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 12018New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12019New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12020New Year's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

New Year’s Day (Anul Nou) and the following day, on January 1 and 2 respectively, are annual holidays in Romania.

New Year's Day 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Name in other languages

Anul nouRomanian
New Year's DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in January 2017 in Romania

Fun Holiday on January 1, 2017

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