Being aware of traditional Romanian culture will aid those trying to decide whether it is a region in which they would enjoy a visit. In addition, having knowledge can ensure that travelers get the full benefit from a trip to Romania.
The rich culture of Romania has created a number of lead to the offers the opportunity for the curious traveler to discover more. The history of Romania has helped to form a fascinating culture that incorporates a number of customs, relating to a diverse range of events, from the change of the seasons to national holidays. Much of Romanian culture is steeped in folklore, with stories and traditions being passed from generation to generation.
As is the case when visiting other countries, it is often necessary for tourists to make adjustments to their behavior when visiting Romania. This stems from the fact that there is a standard manner of behavior that is attributed to the Romanian people. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, the culture of the people
of Romania is somewhat modest and polite and value privacy. Accordingly, acting with good manners is always the best option to choose for those that are unaware of how to act in any given situation. For example, a reserved greeting of a handshake and use of formal titles is preferable over hugs and first names when meeting someone new.
The people of Romania are what make the country what it is and visitors are made to feel welcome by people from all walks of life. Some believe that this ability to make strangers feel at home originates from the Dacian tribe of people. Romania manages to merge the traditional with the modern with inhabitants of villages still making use of horses and carts, while the bustling capital, Bucharest, is known as ‘Little Paris’. A number of other minority groups who have made Romania their home, such as Roma, Hungarian and German, which has resulted in a range of languages being spoken in the country. Many citizens in larger cities
will also have the ability to speak English and French.
Whether in relation to a calendar-listed holiday or a personal event, such as a wedding, celebrations play an important part in Romanian culture. The faith held by the majority of Romania’s people means that religious holidays warrant festivals with Christmas and Easter being most special. Families coming together are an important aspect of these celebrations, often focused on children, such as on 6th December when children who have polished their shoes and put them in the front window expect gifts from St Nicholas.
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