Romanian traditions about Christmas ( romanian Crăciun and hungarian karácsony), has its own origin and peculiarity. Christmas is felt anyway in every town and village, as you can understand by lights and decorations; the main date to celebrate is 25th December.

At the beginning of December, all over Romania the first Christmas lights are turned on and Christmas markets are set up. At the markets, it is possible to buy some presents and to have a cup of hot mulled wine (in Romanian vin fiert) with a sweet bakery specialty. In Transylvania, it is common to find a kürtőskalács, an Hungarian cone-shaped spit cake.

Christmas festivities officially start on 6th December, Saint Nicholas (in Romanian Moş Nicolae and Mikulás in Hungarian) day. On the evening of the 5th December, children clean their shoes and leave them by the door, hoping that in the night Moş Nicolae will fill them with sweets. If the kids have not behaved well during the year, they will find a stick instead of candies.

On 20th December is Saint Ignatius day and in rural areas of Romania, it is tradition to butcher a pig. The meat will be used to prepare the Christmas meals. On 25th December, on Romanian tables you can see: Ciorba de perisoare, a meatball soup; Sarmale, stuffed cabbage rolls; Piftie, pork jelly with garlic; and Gratar de porc, roasted pork.

On Christmas Eve (in Romanian Ajunul Craciunului) it is the custom to trim the Christmas tree, under which will be placed the presents delivered from Moş Crăciun (Santa Clause). Moreover, in the evening groups of kids go from house to house to sing traditional Christmas carols (in Romanian colinde) and in exchange they receive dried fruit or cakes as the Cozonac, a typical Eastern Europe sweet bread and often filled with nuts or cocoa or poppy seeds.


Merry Christmas!

Crăciun fericit!

Boldog Karácsonyt! 

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