New Year’s Day (Anul Nou) is a public holiday in Romania on January 1 every year.
Is New Year's Day a Public Holiday?
New Year's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
In 2023, it falls on a Sunday, and some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.
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.
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.
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.