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St Andrew's Day in Romania

The Feast of St Andrew, also called St Andrew’s Day (Ziua Sfântului Andrei) is an annual public holiday in Romania on November 30 to honor the country’s patron saint.

Many Romanian churches celebrate the feast of St Andrew, pictured with his brother Simon (Peter) and Jesus.
Many Romanian churches celebrate the feast of St Andrew, pictured with his brother Simon (Peter) and Jesus.

What Do People Do?

Many people in Romania have the day off work and school on St Andrew’s Day. There are various activities that some people engage in as a way of having some fun with old Romanian superstition associated with the feast of Saint Andrew. For example, some Romanians bringing out garlic to ward off ghosts, while others eat a special type of salty bread in hope of dreaming of the person they will marry.

Public Life

Saint Andrew’s Day 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.


St Andrew, the brother of St Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus but he is known today as the patron saint of countries such as Romania, Russia, and Scotland. He went to Greece and after converting the proconsul’s wife to Christianity, he was crucified by being fastened to an X-shaped cross by cords, where he died of thirst and starvation.


Statues, paintings, and other artwork representing the likeness of St Andrew are seen in many churches in Romania. Garlic is used as a form of protection on St Andrew’s Day as it is believed that souls of the dead come back in the evening of November 30.

St Andrew's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriNov 302012St Andrew's DayNational holiday
SatNov 302013St Andrew's DayNational holiday
SunNov 302014St Andrew's DayNational holiday
MonNov 302015St Andrew's DayNational holiday
WedNov 302016St Andrew's DayNational holiday
FriDec 22016Extra Bridge HolidayNational holiday
ThuNov 302017St Andrew's DayNational holiday
FriNov 302018St Andrew's DayNational holiday
SatNov 302019St Andrew's DayNational holiday
MonNov 302020St Andrew's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

St Andrew’s Day (Ziua Sfântului Andrei) is a national holiday in Romania on November 30 every year.

St Andrew's Day 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

St Andrew's Day 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019


Name in other languages

Ziua Sfîntului AndreiRomanian
St Andrew's DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Fun Holiday on November 30, 2018

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