St Andrew's Day in Romania
The Feast of St Andrew, also called St Andrew’s Day (Ziua Sfântului Andrei) is an annual public holiday in Romania on November 30 to honor the country’s patron saint.
What Do People Do?
Many people in Romania have the day off work and school on St Andrew’s Day. There are various activities that some people engage in as a way of having some fun with old Romanian superstition associated with the feast of Saint Andrew. For example, some Romanians bringing out garlic to ward off ghosts, while others eat a special type of salty bread in hope of dreaming of the person they will marry.
Saint Andrew’s Day 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.
St Andrew, the brother of St Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus but he is known today as the patron saint of countries such as Romania, Russia, and Scotland. He went to Greece and after converting the proconsul’s wife to Christianity, he was crucified by being fastened to an X-shaped cross by cords, where he died of thirst and starvation.
Statues, paintings, and other artwork representing the likeness of St Andrew are seen in many churches in Romania. Garlic is used as a form of protection on St Andrew’s Day as it is believed that souls of the dead come back in the evening of November 30.
St Andrew's Day Observances
|Fri||Nov 30||2012||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Nov 30||2013||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Nov 30||2014||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Nov 30||2015||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Wed||Nov 30||2016||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Fri||Dec 2||2016||Extra Bridge Holiday||National holiday|
|Thu||Nov 30||2017||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Fri||Nov 30||2018||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Nov 30||2019||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Nov 30||2020||St Andrew's Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsSt Andrew’s Day (Ziua Sfântului Andrei) is a national holiday in Romania on November 30 every year.
St Andrew's Day 2016Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
St Andrew's Day 2017Thursday, November 30, 2017
Name in other languages
|Ziua Sfîntului Andrei||Romanian|
|St Andrew's Day||English|
- Halloween – Monday, October 31, 2016
Other holidays in December 2016 in Romania
- National holiday – Thursday, December 1, 2016
- Constitution Day – Thursday, December 8, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Second day of Christmas – Monday, December 26, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016