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New Year's Eve in Romania

New Year’s Eve (Revelion) is a popular observance in Romania, where people attend parties and watch fireworks to farewell the old year and to welcome the New Year.

Is New Year's Eve a Public Holiday?

New Year's Eve is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Celebrating the New Year with a warm welcome of fireworks.

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What Do People Do?

Many people attend social gatherings and stay up late on New Year’s Eve in anticipation of New Year’s Day. They wait until the stroke of midnight between December 31 and January 1 to give each other greetings and best wishes for New Year’s Day, such as “An nou fericit!”or “La mulți ani!”. Fireworks and firecrackers are also lit to welcome the New Year in many Romanian cities.

Public Life

New Year’s Eve is an observance and not a national public holiday in Romania. It is a busy time in many cities as many people attend parties, social gatherings and other festive events to celebrate the New Year.

Background

New Year’s Eve January 1 marks the start of the New Year in the Gregorian calendar, used widely in many countries including Romania. New Year’s Eve is a festive celebration in many other places worldwide.

Symbols

There are many superstitions that come with ending the Old Year and welcoming the New Year in Romania. For example, wearing red clothing symbolizes good luck and cheerfulness. 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 associated with New Year’s Day.

About New Year's Eve in other countries

Read more about New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2016SatDec 31New Year's EveNational holiday
2017SunDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2018MonDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2019TueDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2020ThuDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2021FriDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2022SatDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2023SunDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2024TueDec 31New Year's EveObservance
2025WedDec 31New Year's EveObservance

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