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Romania is a country with many traditions and customs that are still preserved, especially in the countryside. There are specific moments for different Christmas songs and each custom and tradition has a powerful significance, highlighting one of the important traits of the country: the powerful connection between man and nature. If you happen to be in a village around Christmas, you will see people dressed in national costumes going from door to door with “The Bear”, “Plugusorul” (New Year’s Eve), “Sorcova” (the first day of the new year), and many more. Singing, dancing, chasing away bad spirits in a way.
I admit, Christmas is my favourite holiday and has been since I was a child. Leaving a side the religious symbols, Christmas has become a holiday adopted in many countries and turned into a commercial day. But it is wonderful to offer and receive gifts, it is great to be with your family (and/or friends) and have a peaceful day around a Christmas tree, listening to carols and relaxing.
Here’s such a lovely moments:
I received today an interesting infographic from Starcom which reveals also Romanians’ shopping habits – and, no surprise here, people will spend money mostly on gifts for their children. They still value the time spent in the family – so that’s where many Romanians will be: home, with their families – which is, in fact, where we’ll be 🙂