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Day after New Year's Day in Romania

The Day after New Year’s Day (Anul Nou) is a public holiday in Romania on January 2.

Is Day after New Year's Day a Public Holiday?

Day after New Year's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Smiling family sledging in the snow.

Family fun on the day after New Year's Day.

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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.

Public Life

January 2 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.

Background

January 2, which is the day after New Year’s Day, is part of the New Year celebrations in Romania. The New Year starts on January 1 in the Gregorian calendar, used in many countries including Romania. New Year’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated in many places worldwide.

Symbols

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.

Day after New Year's Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2016SatJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2017MonJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2018TueJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2019WedJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2020ThuJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2021SatJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2022SunJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2023MonJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2024TueJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
2025ThuJan 2Day after New Year's DayNational holiday

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