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 Anul Nou New Year's Day
January 2 Anul Nou Day after New Year's Day
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]
April/May Paștele Easter The official holiday is the Orthodox Easter. The holiday is three days long, the 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[2]
May/June 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/Marea Unire National Day/Great Union It celebrates the union of Transylvania with Romania.
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[3] Not a public holiday.
March 8 Women's Day Observes women's day[4]
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 Victory Day/Europe Day Not a public holiday – Romania celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. Also, starting 2007, Romania observes Europe Day.
May 10 Independence Day/King's Day National holiday - it celebrates Romania's victorious independence war against the Ottoman Empire in 1877-1878, concluded with the recognition of Romania's independence. Also, Romania 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 8 Constitution Day Date when the referendum on the Romanian Constitution was held in 1991 thus establishing the first democratic republic.
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

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