This year, the Orthodox Easter falls on the 28th of April, and this is when the Romanians will all celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This day is preceded by 7 weeks of abstaining, the longest abstention period of the year, also known as Lent. While not many will be able to avoid meat, milk, cheese, and eggs for so long, the Easter meal is still awaited by all as it is a reason for gathering and celebrating with family and friends. Just like it is the case with Christmas, the Romanians will come home for Easter and will enjoy the holiday of light with their most loved ones.
In preparation for Easter, there are other things you need to do, aside from abstaining and there are also lots of myths and superstitions about this holiday that are interesting to know.
Here are a few very common ones:
- For Easter, it is important to buy and wear new clothes, as well as shoes. People will wear these new clothes for the first time at the religious service at the church that is held at midnight. Everything that you wear should be new. This tradition is popular in many areas of the country.
- Don’t sleep on Easter. Since we have already mentioned the religious service held at midnight, the superstition is that if you sleep during it, you will be sleepy and not very lucky for the rest of the year.
- Easter morning you should wash your face and hands with fresh water held in a bowl where you also put a red, boiled egg, some grass, and a silver coin. These are the symbols of health and prosperity, so you want them to be with you for the whole year.
- On Easter day, all meals should start with a red boiled egg. Other dishes that will be served are turkey or oven roasted chicken, pork and even lamb. The roasted lamb is often a traditional dish for Easter as you will rarely find it in Romania at other times of the year.
- When going to the midnight service at the church, you can bring a white rooster that you can then offer to less fortunate, and this will bring you luck and good fortune for a year.
- The candle that you will use at midnight to get light from the church should be kept inside the house until next year, and it should be lighted in case of illness or troubled times.
- It is said that a child born on Easter day is blessed to have a life in the light and very fortunate.
The Easter holiday is a good time to get to know Romania and its traditions – never boring and always surprising!