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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.

An Easter egg being delicately handpainted in Romania.
An Easter egg being delicately handpainted in Romania.

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.

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.


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 countries

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Orthodox Easter Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunApr 42010Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 242011Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 152012Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunMay 52013Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 202014Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 122015Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunMay 12016Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 162017Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 82018Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 282019Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
SunApr 192020Orthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox

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.

Orthodox Easter Day 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Orthodox Easter Day 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019


Name in other languages

Orthodox Easter DayEnglish
Orthodoxer OstersonntagGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in April 2019 in Romania

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