There’s nothing like seeing nature come back to life and taking in all that energy! A spring escapade is sure to recharge your batteries and leave you with wonderful memories of unique places in full bloom, not to mention the great variety of traditions specific to this time of the year that are sure to make for memorable experiences. Let’s take a look at the best times to visit Romania in spring!
In one of the last few days of winter, on February 24th, Romanians celebrate their very own Valentine’s Day, Dragobete. Dating back from the ancient times of the Dacians, this holiday is dedicated to the god of love and high spirits. Folk stories say that symbolic engagements can be tied between boys and girls and those who celebrate this day with joy will be healthy all year long. Dragobete is also known as Head of Spring, as the weather begins to soften, beckoning the beginning of spring.
From Mărțișor to Women’s Day
The very first day of March marks the welcoming of spring with snowdrops and little symbolic gifts called “mărțișoare”, usually consisting of small decorations adorned with a red and white strings. It is customary for men to offer women such talismans which they wear pinned to their clothes as a symbol of vitality and the rebirth of nature. The offering of little trinkets leads up to Women’s Day which in Romania is also Mother’s Day. Men and children look for the best way to show their respect and gratitude with flowers and special gifts.
Celebrated on March 9th, “Mucenici” is a traditional holiday with Christian origins. A special dish that bears the same name as the holiday is prepared on this day, but there are two versions of it depending on the region. In the South, Romanians prepare a sweet soup made of small eight-shaped pasta, water, sugar, cinammon and walnuts. In the eastern regions, in Moldavia, dough cakes are made which are baked, dipped in honey syrup and sprinkled with walnuts.
If you visit Romania during Easter, there are a couple of traditional dishes that you simply can’t say no to! One of them is cozonac, a sweet bread with of raisins, Turkish delight, poppy seeds, or walnuts and usually flavoured with lemon and orange zest, which is prepared on special holidays. Pască is another example; it’s a sweet, soft, yeast braided bread filled with a cheese mixture, never missing from a traditional Easter meal. Apart from the sweets, Romanians are known for their intricately-painted eggs. The hollowed-out eggs and the traditional hand-painted motifs are unique souvenirs to remember Romania by.
What better way to enjoy Labour Day than with an escapade at the seaside? This has become a well-known and long-awaited tradition in Romania, either for a few days of fun or simply to enjoy some time away from the usual day-to-day work. With its great vibes and laid-back atmosphere, holiday village Vama Veche is the number one destination to celebrate May 1st!
Springs in Romania are packed with events that are sure to make your stay all the more enjoyable and certainly leave you with great memories