For those who are planning a visit to Romania and want to know about the 2019 public holidays in Romania, this section will list them for you in a calendar. In case you are living in Romania, but you are not yet familiar with the legal non-working days, this article is what you need. We will update the calendar when there are suitable official modifications available, so you can come back and check them whenever you want.
Romanian Religious Holidays
From a religious point of view, Eastern Orthodoxy has primarily influenced the Romanian culture for centuries. Nowadays, the Christian Orthodox calendar continues to set many celebrations and social life events for Romanian citizens who are cult followers and for the rest as well. Among the ten legal holidays determined by law, five of them are religious celebrations and have more free days. For example, the Christmas holiday in Romania is longer for young people in school, than it is for their employed parents. Grandparents have an important role in Romanian children upbringing, so they fill in for working parents.
As every Christian declared nation in Europe, Romania celebrates Christmas and Easter. That is why traveling to rural Romania during these holidays will bring about extraordinary experiences. Make sure you include Southern Bucovina in your vacation plans, for you can witness the multitude and uniqueness of local customs. However, there are other religious honoring days that seem to be important for the population. The Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Feast of St. Andrew or the Feast of the Assumption of Mary are both official non-working holidays and religious ceremonies held in the church. Some Romanians choose to hold on to orthodox traditions and believes, especially in rural Romania.
The 2019 Public Holidays in Romania
The law defines public holidays in Romania as non-working days for Romanian citizens, different from weekend days. Some types of work cannot be resumed. Therefore, the government offers free time compensation to those who perform essential jobs for the society within thirty days. In Romania, the labor code states that there should be fifteen non-working days a year to celebrate national holidays.
For those curious, the Romanian Independence day is not a national free day, but it occurs on May 9th, along with Europe Day. It commemorates Romania’s proclamation of independence during the Ottoman-Russian war of 1877-1878. Other international holidays are honored in Romania, but very few of its citizens know about World AIDS Day. That is because it coincides with Romania’s National Day, on December 1st. To mark the traditional beginning of spring, the Mărțișor is a gift-giving celebration held on March 1st. It’s also one of Kiara Yew’s favorite days of the year. We pinned it down in our calendar, but you should note that it is not a non-working day.
Other Official Holidays and Some Little-Known Celebrations
Halloween and Valentines Day are just as much present in Romania as anywhere else in Europe. Children are accustomed to these holidays in school. There they learn to come up with related costume themed festivities and games. These two crucial days have correspondent Romanian holidays and traditions. Halloween is, for example, the night of the Feast of Saint Andrew, but it takes place on November 30th. Dragobete is the Romanian Valentines Day, with people holding specific rituals annually on February 24th. In the Romanian folklore, Dragobete is the son of Baba Dochia (The Old Dokia) and the main character in a pagan myth about the arrival of spring. He is the chosen Guardian of Love, due to his eternal kindness.
Little known is the fact that Romanians have a holiday called The Horses’ Easter. Of course, it has strong connections with the Orthodox Easter, but it appeared in Transylvania. Because in that part of the country the Catholic Easter has been extant for centuries more than elsewhere. The tradition says horses have to rest on Easter. However, whenever the two Easter holidays did not coincide, the Orthodox peasants borrowed horses from the Catholic peasants and vice-versa. It rarely happened that they celebrated both Easters at the same time so that the horses would rest indeed. That is why nowadays the expression at the Horses’ Easter actually means never. The Horses Easter usually takes place as an equestrian show in some villages across Romania. It is celebrated on a fortieth day after Easter, at the same time with the Orthodox Pentecost.