Romania historical-cultural curiosities
1. in Romania, the Feast of the Dead is not celebrated as we know it. Instead, everyone remembers the graves of their loved ones on the day they consider appropriate – usually it is the date of burial or another important date associated with the deceased. On that day, the family meets at the church service, during which the food is sacred. Then everyone visits the grave of the deceased, where they share their consecrated food.
Every year on the first day of March, the atmosphere is unique throughout the country. All thanks to Martisor, or “Holy Spring”. It is also when Romanians are extremely friendly, make wishes to each other, smile to people they do not know and give gifts to each other. The symbol of this holiday is a white and red bow made of strings. Gentlemen wear it fastened to their clothes at the height of the left breast, while ladies wear it around their wrists. On that day it is mainly men who give presents to women.
3) In this country there are a couple of quite specific holidays not found in other cultures. It is worth mentioning here: Tanjaua, the holiday of the first year is celebrated on 24 April or Easter Monday. This tradition is celebrated mainly in the villages, where its streets pass procession of residents in ceremonial costumes. Another one is Sâmbra Oilor, which is the holiday of the first shepherds to go out with a herd of sheep in the mountains. It takes place every year in May on the Huta-Certeze hill.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, in 1917 the Romanian Ministry of Finance issued the smallest banknote in the world, worth 10 bananas (about 10 groszy). The size of this orange and green banknote is 3.8 cm high and 2.75 cm long. On the obverse there is a bust of King Ferdinand I, who was in office between 1914 and 1927, and on the reverse there is the coat of arms of Romania.
5th Romania curiosities about the extremely twisted road.
The Transfogaraska Road is one of the most winding roads in the world with a length of 151 km. It connects the cities of Sibiu in Transylvania and Pitești in Wallachia. There are also some popular Romanian attractions along this route. It was built in 1970-74 under Ceaușescu. At its highest point it reaches a height of 2034 metres above sea level. Part of the route is sometimes closed between the end of October and the beginning of May due to unfavourable weather conditions on the road.
Romania interesting stories
1. Romania curiosities about the Peace of Reconciliation in Biertan.
In a small village Biertan located in the central part of Romania, there is a church with a rather specific room. It functioned for nearly three centuries, starting from the fifteenth century. Married couples wishing to divorce were locked in it, hence the name “reconciliation room”. In this room there was one small bed, one chair, one spoon and a bowl. According to sources, after such a “arrest” one couple decided to divorce.
It occupies the area of ten football pitches and weighs 5 tons. What is it about? The largest flag in the world. On 27th May 2013 the Romanians broke the record for the largest flag in the world. The 79,000 m3 canvas is 330 metres long and 220 metres wide. 70.5 km of threads were used to make it. The record breaking was initiated by the TV station Antena 3. The flag was developed at the airport Clinceni under the capital city of the country. The project was attended by 200 people.
Victor Miron, a resident of Cluj-Napoca, came to the city authorities with a proposal that passengers reading a book on public transport should travel for free. This proposal was considered by the mayor of the city, who published it on the Internet after a year. It met with great interest and received a lot of flattering opinions. This proposal was implemented for a period of four days between 4 and 7 July 2015. Every person who reads a book in a bus, or a tram, drives for free.
Romania curiosities about the cuisine
1. on Romanian shelves you can find vodka on the Romanian shelves … a cardboard box. The packaging of ‘Scandic Pop Vodka’ resembles a children’s juice carton. Additionally, a straw is attached to it. However, the power is slightly lower than the traditional vodka – 37.5%.
Romania historical-cultural curiosities