Traditions & Celebrations

Martisor - 1st of March

Mărţişor is the symbol of spring and also a celebration on the first of March. Its beginnings are still a mystery, but it is usually said that it originated in ancient Rome, because New Year's Eve was celebrated on the 1st of March (Martius), the month of the war god Mars. He had a double role: both protector of agriculture and of war, so the celebration signified the rebirth of nature. The duality of symbols is kept in the colours of the Mărţişor: white and red, meaning peace and war (it might also symbolize winter and spring).

Romania - Wine Country

Romania has one of the oldest wine making traditions in the world, it's viticulture dating back more than 6000 years. Legend says that Dionysos, the god of wine, was born in Thracia, on what is nowadays the territory of Romania. Romania or Dacia as the Romans knew it, had a well-established wine culture. The abundance of food and fame of the Dacian wines were so well-known and tempting that, to put an end to the migratory peoples’ repeated invasions, the Dacian king Burebista (1st century BC), ordered the destruction of all vineyards, as his high Priest Deceneu suggested.

Romania’s Own Valentine’s Day

Romania has it’s own equivalent of Valentine’s Day celebrated in early spring on February 24th - Dragobete, the name of the local counterpart of Roman God of Love, Cupid or the Greek God, Eros. Dragobete is the protector of love, joy and fertility. He’s Dacian name is believed to come from “trago” – meaning “he”, symbol of fertility, and “pede” – “legs. Today is a day of joy – young people spending it together, of love, young single man and women finding each other (the guys try to catch the girl they like and kiss her).

International Kissing Day

When I think about it, the concept of a kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings. A first kiss. A formal kiss. A passionate kiss. A kiss goodbye.

Kissing Day aims to make us appreciate a kiss in its own right. No conventions, no social norms, just a kiss. Across the globe we embrace the kiss by embracing someone else.

1859, January 24: A Fine Day in Romanian History

153 years ago , the two principalities of Moldova and Wallachia had a moment of brilliance- the type that makes history: both of them elected general Alexandru Ioan Cuza as prince or 'domnitor' therefore becoming The United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia.

The act from 24th January 1859  determined  a contradictory reaction: it was accepted by France, Russia, Sardinia and Prussia, it was received with prudent reserve by the English government, however Turkey and Austria were reluctant to it.

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