Public holidays in Romania

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Following is a list of holidays in Romania.

Official non-working holidays[edit]

Date Local name English name Remarks
January 1/2 Anul Nou New Year
January 24 Unirea Principatelor Române/Mica Unire Union Day/Small Union It celebrates the unification of the Romanian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia in 1859, and the foundation of the Romanian modern state.[1] A day off since 2017.
April/May Paștele Easter The official holiday is the Orthodox Easter. The holiday is three days long, Good Friday,[2] Easter Sunday and Monday are non-working, Tuesday is not a public holiday.
May 1 Ziua Muncii Labour Day International Labour Day
June 1 Ziua Copilului Children's Day Public Holiday starting with 2017[3]
May/June (27 May in 2018) Rusaliile Pentecost, Whit Monday The 50th and 51st day after the Orthodox Easter.
August 15 Adormirea Maicii Domnului/Sfânta Maria Mare Dormition of the Theotokos Also the Day of the Romanian Naval Forces since St. Mary is the patron saint of the Navy.
November 30 Sfântul Andrei St. Andrew's Day Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Romania.
December 1 Ziua Națională/Ziua Marii Uniri National Day/Great Union It celebrates the union of Transylvania with Romania.
December 8 Constitution Day Date when the referendum on the Romanian Constitution was held in 1991 thus establishing the first democratic republic.
December 25/26 Crăciunul Christmas Both first and second Christmas Day are holidays. Third Christmas Day is not a public holiday.

Other working holidays and observances[edit]

Date Name Remarks
February 19 Brâncuși Day[4] Not a public holiday.
March 8 Women's Day Observes women's day[5]
Last Sunday in March Earth Hour Not a public holiday
First Sunday in April NATO Day Not a public holiday – observed by the Government institutions
April 22 Earth Day Not a public holiday
May 9 Independence Day[6]/Victory Day/Europe Day It celebrates Romania's proclamation of independence during the war against the Ottoman Empire in 1877-1878, concluded with the recognition of Romania's independence. Romania celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. Also, starting 2007, Romania observes Europe Day.
May 10 King's Day Not a public holiday - celebrates the crowning of Carol I as its first king, as well as all the kings of the Romanian monarchy.
May/June Heroes' Day/Ascension The 40th day from the Orthodox Easter. Not a public holiday - observed with military and religious festivities at the monuments dedicated to the national heroes (such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier)
June 26 National Flag Day Not a public holiday
July 29 National Anthem Day Date when Deşteaptă-te, române! was first performed, in 1848 at Râmnicu Vâlcea - not a public holiday
August 23 Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day/Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism and Communism National holiday between 1949 and 1990. On 23 August 1944, King Michael I joined with pro-Allied opposition politicians and led a successful coup against Conducător of Romania, Marshal Ion Antonescu's fascist government. Romania joins the Allies and participates alongside the Red Army in liberating Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria from Nazi occupation. Since 2011, Romania observes the European Day for Commemoration of the Victims of Totalitarian and Authoritarian regimes, also as a reminder of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed on this day in 1939 – which resulted in Romania losing most of the region that is now Moldova and parts of Ukraine (see Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina).
October 25 Armed Forces Day Not a public holiday. Observed by the Romanian Army and its veterans on the anniversary of the liberation of Carei, the last Romanian city under horthyst-fascist occupation during World War II. Also the birthday of King Michael I
November 14 Dobrogea Day Date which celebrates the integration of Northern Dobruja into Romania in 1878.
November 19 Men's Day Observes men's day[5]
November 28 Bucovina Day Date which celebrates the Union of Bucovina with Romania in 1918.
December 21 Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Communism in Romania Marks the peak of the victorious Romanian Revolution of 1989 and commemorates the victims who fell in the violent street confrontations between 16 and 27 December.

Traditional holidays - working observances[edit]

Date Name Remarks
February 24 Dragobetele Similar to St. Valentine's Day
March 1 Mărțișorul Spring festival

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legea prin care 24 ianuarie a fost declarată zi liberă nelucrătoare a fost promulgată de Iohannis". Mediafax (in Romanian). 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Iohannis a promulgat legea prin care Vinerea Mare este sărbătoare legală nelucrătoare". Mediafax (in Romanian). 12 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ Inteligo. "Din 2017, salariații vor sta acasă și de Ziua Copilului. 1 iunie, inclusă de azi pe lista liberelor legale". Avocatnet.ro. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  4. ^ "Legea pentru declararea Zilei Brâncuşi ca sărbătoare naţională a fost promulgată de Iohannis" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  5. ^ a b "Legea nr. 22/2016 - declararea zilei de 8 martie — Ziua femeii si 19 noiembrie — Ziua bărbatului". Legeaz.net. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  6. ^ Cristea, Irina Andreea (9 May 2018). "9 Mai - Ziua Independenţei de Stat a României". www.agerpres.ro (in Romanian). Agerpres. Retrieved 10 May 2018.

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