Public holidays in Romania

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Soldiers on a parade during the National Day of Romania, 1 December 2008

The following is a list of public holidays in Romania. According to Romanian law, Romania had 51 public holidays as of 2011, which cover 14% of the days of the year in the country.[1]

Official non-working holidays[edit]

Date Romanian name English name Remarks
January 1/2 Anul Nou New Year's Day
January 24 Ziua Unirii Principatelor Române Day of the Unification of the Romanian Principalities It celebrates the unification of the Romanian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia in 1859 and the foundation of the Romanian modern state.[2] A non-working day since 2016.
(April 30, May 2, May 3 in 2021)
Paștele Easter The official holiday is the Orthodox Easter. The holiday is three days long, Good Friday,[3] 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[4]
(June 20/June 21 in 2021)
Rusaliile Pentecost, Whit Monday The 50th and 51st day after the Orthodox Easter.
August 15 Adormirea Maicii Domnului/Sfânta Maria Mare Dormition of the Mother of God 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 a României National Day of Romania It celebrates the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Kingdom of Romania.
December 25/26 Crăciunul Christmas Day 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
January 15 National Culture Day[5] Celebration of the birth of the Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.[5]
January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 19 Brâncuși Day[6] Not a public holiday.
February 20 World Day of Social Justice
March 8 Women's Day Observes women's day[7]
March 9 Anti-Communist Political Prisoners' Day[8]
March 20 International Francophonie Day and International Day of Happiness
March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Down Syndrome Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty[9] and Oltenia Day
March 22 World Water Day
March 24 World Tuberculosis Day
March 25 Romanian Police Day and International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
March 27 Day of the Union of Bessarabia with Romania Celebrates the Union of Bessarabia with Romania.
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 2 World Autism Awareness Day
April 3 Romanian Gendarmerie Day
April 7 World Health Day
April 8 Day of the Romani Ethnicity of Romania
April 22 Earth Day Not a public holiday
April 23 Railway Day, Librarian Day, World Book Day, National Day of the Romanian Tax Consultant
April 29 War Veterans' Day[10]
First Sunday in May Mother's Day
Second Sunday in May Father's Day, Teenager's Day and National Dress Day
May 2 National Youth Day
May 3 World Press Freedom Day
May 5 Day of the Tatar Language
May 8 Equality of Opportunities Between Women and Men Day
May 9 Independence Day,[11] Victory Day and 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 Monarchy 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 14 International Humanitarian Rights Day
May 15 National Veterinary Day and International Day of Families
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 24 Bulgarian Language Day[12]
May 25 Slovak Language Day
May 31 Military Reserves Day
Last Sunday in May Romanian Businessperson Day
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 1 Parents' Day
June 2 National Adoption Day
June 4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression and Trianon Treaty Day.
June 5 National Day Against Child Abuse and World Environment Day
June 14 World Blood Donor Day
June 20 World Refugee Day
June 26 National Flag Day, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
First Sunday in July Justice Day
Second Sunday in July Statistician Day
July 20 Romanian Aviation and Air Force Day
July 24 Romanian Border Police Day
July 28 National Ambulance Day and World Hepatitis Day
July 29 National Anthem Day Date when Deşteaptă-te, române! was first performed, in 1848 at Râmnicu Vâlcea - not a public holiday
July 30 Friendship Day
August 15 Romanian Navy Day
August 23 Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day and 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 further operations in countries under 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).
August 31 Romanian Language Day
September 1 Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Day
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day
September 13 Firefighters of Romania's Day
September 14 Romanian Engineer's Day
September 15 International Day of Democracy
September 21 International Day of Peace
September 28 Czech Language Day
September 29 World Heart Day
October 1 International Day of Older Persons and Romanian Diver's Day
October 5 World Education Day
October 9 World Post Day
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 11 Transylvanian Schools Day
October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 24 United Nations Day
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 11 Veterans' Day
November 14 Dobruja Day and World Diabetes Day Date which celebrates the integration of Northern Dobruja into Romania in 1878.
November 16 International Day for Tolerance and Romanian World Heritage Day
November 19 Men's Day and Romanian Researcher and Designer Day Observes men's day[7]
November 28 Bukovina Day Date which celebrates the Union of Bukovina with Romania in 1918.
Third Thursday of November National Day Without Tobacco
Third Sunday of November World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
December 1 World AIDS Day
December 2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 3 United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 8 Constitution Day Date when the referendum on the Romanian Constitution was held in 1991 thus establishing the first democratic republic.
December 9 International Anti-Corruption Day
December 10 Human Rights Day
December 13 Day of the Tatar Ethnicity of Romania
December 16 National Solidarity Day Against Dictatorship
December 18 Day of the National Minorities of Romania
December 20 International Human Solidarity Day
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.
December 22 Romanian Revolution Victory and Freedom Day

Traditional holidays - working observances[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rata, Marinela (26 September 2011). "Câte zile naționale are România". România Liberă (in Romanian).
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Iohannis a promulgat legea prin care Vinerea Mare este sărbătoare legală nelucrătoare". Mediafax (in Romanian). 12 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ Inteligo. "Din 2017, salariații vor sta acasă și de Ziua Copilului. 1 iunie, inclusă de azi pe lista liberelor legale". Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  5. ^ a b "DOCUMENTAR: 15 ianuarie, Ziua Culturii Naţionale". Agerpres (in Romanian). 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Legea pentru declararea Zilei Brâncuşi ca sărbătoare naţională a fost promulgată de Iohannis" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  7. ^ a b "Legea nr. 22/2016 - declararea zilei de 8 martie — Ziua femeii si 19 noiembrie — Ziua bărbatului". Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  8. ^ Mironescu, Vlad (23 April 2012). "9 martie, "Ziua Deținuților Politici Anticomuniști"". Gândul (in Romanian).
  9. ^ "Ziua internaţională a pădurilo (ONU)". Agerpres (in Romanian). 21 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Ziua Veteranilor de Război". Agerpres (in Romanian). 28 April 2015.
  11. ^ Cristea, Irina Andreea (9 May 2018). "9 Mai - Ziua Independenţei de Stat a României". (in Romanian). Agerpres. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  12. ^ Mărgăritescu, Andrei (24 May 2015). "Ziua Limbii Bulgare, introdusă prin lege în România". România Liberă (in Romanian).

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