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New Year's Day

New Year's Day 2019 and 2020

In Romania, 1 and 2 January are public holiday for New Year’s Day. 1 January is also Saint Vasile Day, referring to the feast day of Saint Basil the Great.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
2 JanWedNew Year Holiday
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
2 JanThuNew Year Holiday

In rural areas of Romania especially, children still go carolling on Saint Vasile Day. They sing specific traditional songs that wish people carolled to a prosperous year. I

n some parts of the country, carollers may be adults, not just children, and they will wear masks and colourful costumes that are supposed to scare away evil spirits and chase the old year out.

Some Romanians are very superstitious about all events occurring on New Year’s Day. It is thought to determine the course of the whole year to come. If you are happy on 1 January, you will have a happy year. And the weather is also thought to predict the future. For example, if it snows, the year ahead will be prosperous.

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