Festivals and Holidays

January, 1 – New Year’s Day (Anul Nou)

In many Moldovan families New year is the main holiday of the year. So the evening of 31 December is expected with great joy and anticipation. New year fever starts in Moldova with the arrival of December. The whole month Moldovans go to the stores and search for the best gifts for relatives and friends.

 

January, 7 and 8 – Orthodox Christmas Day (Craciunul)

Moldovans celebrate Christmas, according to the Julian calendar. These days are public holidays, people cook national dishes, visit each other, go to godparents and “nanashs” (more detailed about who are “nanashs” you can read in the post about people of Moldova . Traditionally this day, children go from house to house and sing Christmas carols, which should bring peace and prosperity in the family.

 

February, 14 – Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day – unofficial holiday that appeared in Moldova is relatively recent, but rapidly became popular, especially among young generation. On this day loving couples give Valentines – small hearts, bouquets and gifts to each other.

 

March, 1 – Martisor (Martisor)

This is a celebration of beginning of Spring, traditionally celebrated in Moldova, as in some Balkan countries. It is not a public holiday. This day, people give each other small red & white handmade flowers, which are then worn until the end of March on the clothes. Also this day there is traditional music festival, which also is called “Martisor” and where Moldova invites musicians around the world.

 

March, 8 – International Women’s Day (Ziua Internationala a Femeii)

In Moldova is celebrated everywhere and is a public holiday, as in many countries of the world. All women are gifted with presents and flowers. Due to male crowds in the gift shops and flower kiosks, this day is jokingly referred as “the day of solidarity of men.”

 

April/may – Orthodox Easter (Pastele) or the Resurrection of Christ

One of the most significant religious festivals that are actively celebrated in almost the entire population of Moldova. Date of this holiday varies from year to year. The celebration of Easter lasts for 2 days – Sunday and Monday, which are holidays.

 

April/may – Parent (Memorial) Day (Pastele Blajinilor)

Celebrated in Moldova in a week after the beginning of the celebration of Easter. In accordance with the Slavic tradition it is called Radonitsa — the day of memory of deceased. These days moldovans gather the whole family in the parental home, and visit the graves relatives and friends to lay flowers and commemorate the departed with a glass of Moldovan wine and meal. These days there is a tradition to give “za pomanu” eggs, cakes, sweets, not expensive dishes and towels, because of this, the cemetery is attracted by many beggars and Gypsies.

 

April, 8 – International Day of Gypsies in Moldova

Moldova was part of Romania for a long time, so much of what is the history of the Romanian Gypsies, equally belongs to the history of the Gypsies in Moldova. On this day, the Gypsies wear bright costumes and multi-colored skirt and come out to dance in the center of Chisinau to the fiery Gypsy rhythms.

 

May, 1 – International Labour Day (Ziua Internationala a Muncii)

A traditional holiday in Moldova and it is a public holiday. As in Moldova in May is often sunny and warm weather, this day, local residents often go in nature, with family, friends and barbecues.

 

May, 9 – Victory Day(Ziua Victoriei)

Moldova’s is a public holiday. Every year on this day, the solemn meetings with laying flowers at the Memorial of Military Glory of Chisinau, with the participation of veterans and governmental representatives. Traditionally this day, people congratulate grandparents who has passed through the war time.

 

May – Trinity Sunday (Pentecost)

After the ascension of Jesus Christ occurred the tenth day: it was the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Christ. On this day, according to the Bible, God has sent a Holy Spirit for the people. This is one of the mail Orthodox holidays in the year.

 

June, 1 – Children’s Day

A holiday that traditionally celebrated by many families in Moldova. Children get gifts and sweets at home and in schools.

 

August, 27 – Independence Day (Ziua Independentei)

Is a public holiday. In many towns of the country there are concerts, fairs, folk festivals.

 

August, 31 – National Language Day (Limba noastra)

It is a public holiday in Moldova. On this day they usually organize concert in Chisinau, which is attended by dance and folk groups, Moldavian and foreign pop-stars.

 

September, last Saturday – Grandmother’s Day in Moldova

The holiday “grandmother’s Day in Moldova” is celebrated in the last Saturday of September. On this day people visit their grandparents and give them gifts. Grandmothers this day cook a lot of delicious food to invite their children and grandchildren.

 

October, second Sunday – National Wine Festival in Chisinau, Moldova (Ziua Nationala a Vinului)

On National wine day Wine Festival is intended to revive and improve the culture of winemaking, to show the national traditions of priority branches of economy, to maintain the image of wine products, and to attract foreign tourists with its rich and colorful program. On this day, the city hosts large concerts and on the streets winemakers from all over Moldova are selling a variety of homemade wine.

 

October, 14 – The Day of Chisinau, Moldova (Hramul Chisinaului)

Is the official weekend in Chisinau. There is a liturgy in the morning at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ. On the main street of the town this day there is no public transport, the whole city is given for walking, folk festivals, outdoor concerts, exhibitions of products of Chisinau.