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Second day of Christmas in Romania

The second day of Christmas (a doua zi de Crăciun) is an annual public holiday in Romania on December 26, along with Christmas Day (December 25). It is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus.

Is Second day of Christmas a Public Holiday?

Second day of Christmas is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Many Romanian families spend time together making the most of the 2-day Christmas holiday.

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What Do People Do?

Many Romanians enjoy the December 26 holiday as a day off from work or school. It follows from the various Christmas activities, including family dinners. Christmas meals often include a variety of pork dishes, Ciorba de perisoare (vegetable soup with bran and pork meatballs), Sarmale (cabbage leaves stuffed with pork), and Cozonac (fruit bread).

Public Life

The second day of Christmas is a 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

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God. His birth date is unknown because there is little information about his early life. Many Christians celebrate Jesus’ birthday on December 25. Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7. Christmas is celebrated in many other countries. The second day of Christmas is also known as Boxing Day in some countries.

Symbols

Many shops and homes have visual displays of Santa Claus, known as Moş Crăciun (Old Man Christmas), Moş Nicolae (Old Man Nicholas) and Moş Gerilă (Old Man Frost) during the Christmas season.

Second day of Christmas Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2016MonDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2017TueDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2018WedDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2019ThuDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2020SatDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2021SunDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2022MonDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2023TueDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2024ThuDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday
2025FriDec 26Second day of ChristmasNational holiday

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