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How do Romanians celebrate Easter

How do Romanians Celebrate Easter?

First of all let my begin with some essential knowledge about Easter:

  • it doesn’t have a fixed date (like Christmas: 25th December each year), its date varies and each year Easter is celebrated on a different date;
  • Chatolics and Christians usually celebrate Easter on different dates for each religion, due to the different algorithm of determining when Easter will be celebrated.
  • Easter celebrates the resurection of Jesus from the dead.

Now that we’ve settled this down…

Romanian people are Christians, like Russian and Greek people.

… which means that we celebrate Easter on a different date than… pretty much the other cultures. But the big question is:

How do Romanians celebrate Easter?

Let’s start with some basic knowledge:

  • we celebrate is for three days (just like Christmas);
  • the first two days are legally free days;
  • first day of Easter is always on a Sunday;

One of my favourite part of Easter is, of course the food. Although the main dish is lamb and I don’t like lamb, my Mum uses other type of meat. The traditional dishes are the red painted eggs, cottage cheese pie, lamb roast and the most Eastery dish is the drob. Drob is made of lamb organs (or other kind of meat) mixed with herbs, spring onions and eggs.

Traditions are more “spectacular” on Easter because the church consider that resurrection must be celebrated properly.

Related:5 Romanians Superstitions About New Year’s Eve & Discover Valentine’s Day in Romania

On Easter Eve, at midnight everyone is going to the church to take the holy light. We bring home the candles lit by the holy light and it’s said that you have to let the light burn for three days.

On Easter morning the first one who wakes up, puts water, two eggs (one plain and one red) and a coin in a bowl. Each member of the family will rub the coin and eggs on their faces when they wake up and the last member to wake up gets the coin – I know that it sound weird to rub an egg on your face, but it’s quite pampering. Oh, and we eat the food that Mum spent one week to put together.


I personally prefer Christmas against Easter, because it the end of the year, a new one is set to start, it’s winter and the whole family is together.

What Easter traditions and foods do you have in your country? Let me know in the comments down below!

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  • Kelsey Caroline Nagel

    I’m curious what you mean by the days of Easter being ‘legally free’ days? Is that like a national holiday where most businesses are closed? Or something else?

    • Yes. Well Sunday is usually a free weekend day for a lot of people, but for those that work on Sundays as well, they get a holiday leave day. The same thing is available for Monday. It’s a long weekend for Easter holiday.

  • It’s so interesting to learn your traditions! The coin on the face was a new one to me. We dye eggs colorfully here in the U.S. but not necessarily red. The big Sunday meal in our family on Easter usually consists of ham and sides like steamed green beans and another veggie, plus biscuits (we’re Southerners).
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Sounds quite a light Easter meal to me. We have a looot of food, it’s part of who we are.

  • Anthony Ronald

    Hey this is great! It’s gonna be a great lesson for my students :)

    • That’s amazing! Never thought this info could be included in some schools class. Hope they will like it!

  • A few years ago as part of my Digital marketing job i have to look into how Italian celebrate Easter for a client. So I find it really interesting how different culture and different countries celebrate Easter. Interesting post. xx | http://www.annanuttall.com

  • In my country, we also celebrate Easter. We have tradition in the Easter morning go to church so that all food is blessed. But, traditional dishes vary depending on which part of the country you live in. I also prefer Christamas. This is very interesting I didn’t know that our country have so many similarity :D

  • Being a Muslim, I don’t celebrate easter though I do love to eat cross bun when I visit friends that celebrate it.

    • That’s so nice! Do you have an alternative celebration for Easter (not an expert in mulsim, obviously) or something like that?

  • Thanks for sharing how Romanians celebrate Easter! I love hearing about other people’s traditions for holidays :)

    – Kristen
    http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

  • I lived in Romania for two Easters, and I loved them! I love the red eggs and the ciocnire game, which my husband (he also spent some time in Romania) and I have tried to do with our children.

    Isus a inviat!

  • Thanks for sharing! It’s always cool to get to know other people’s traditions.Since we color eggs (even though it’s not at all connected to the religious holiday) there is always deviled eggs and potato salad to use them up.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Wow it is so cool to learn about Easter in different countries. That is so interesting with the coin and the egg!

  • Marissa Pedersen

    I had no idea there were different traditions. That’s really neat!

  • Those eggs look stunning! Never heard of that tradition before myself actually.. We usually have an Easter brunch with my family, but there’s no specific food that’s supertraditional. In Ireland (where I live now) they do like hot cross buns as well as various meals with lamb (which I love!)

  • What a fascinating post. I’m Polish, so we have a few similar traditions. But I don’t have a BIT of Romanian in my blood so this is mostly new to me!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    I love hearing how other people celebrate holidays!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style