Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Romania

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Official non-working holidays

DateLocal nameEnglish nameRemarks
January 1Anul NouNew Year’s Day 
January 2Anul NouDay after New Year’s Day
January 24Unirea Principatelor Române/Mica UnireUnion Day/Small UnionIt celebrates the unification of the Romanian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia in 1859, and the foundation of the Romanian modern state.
April/MayPașteleEasterThe 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 1Ziua MunciiLabour DayInternational Labour Day
May/JuneRusaliilePentecost, Whit MondayThe 50th and 51st day after the Orthodox Easter.
August 15Adormirea Maicii Domnului/Sfânta Maria MareDormition of the TheotokosAlso the Day of the Romanian Naval Forces since St. Mary is the patron saint of the Navy.
November 30Sfântul AndreiSt. Andrew’s DaySaint Andrew is the patron saint of Romania.
December 1Ziua Națională/Marea UnireNational Day/Great UnionIt celebrates the union of Transylvania with Romania.
December 25/26CrăciunulChristmasBoth first and second Christmas Day are holidays. Third Christmas Day is not a public holiday.

Other working holidays and observances

DateNameRemarks
January 24Unirea Principatelor Române/Mica UnireUnion 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.
February 19BrâncușiDay[2]Not a public holiday.
March 8Women’s DayA public holiday for women
Last Sunday in MarchEarth HourNot a public holiday
First Sunday in AprilNATO DayNot a public holiday – observed by the Government institutions
April 22Earth DayNot a public holiday
May 9Victory Day/Europe DayNot a public holiday – Romania celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. Also, starting 2007, Romania observes Europe Day.
May 10Independence Day/King’s DayNational 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/JuneHeroes’ Day/AscensionThe 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 1Children’s DayNot a public holiday
June 26National FlagDayNot a public holiday
July 29National Anthem DayDate when Deşteaptă-te, române! was first performed, in 1848 at Râmnicu Vâlcea – not a public holiday
August 23Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day/Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism and CommunismNational 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 pactsigned on this day in 1939 – which resulted in Romania losing most of the region that is now Moldova and parts of Ukraine. 
October 25Armed Forces DayNot 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 14Dobrogea DayDate which celebrates the integration of Northern Dobruja into Romania in 1878.
November 19Men’s DayA public holiday for men.
November 28Bucovina DayDate which celebrates the Union of Bucovina with Romania in 1918.
December 8Constitution DayDate when the referendum on the Romanian Constitution was held in 1991 thus establishing the first democratic republic.
December 21Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Communism in RomaniaMarks 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.

Festivals in Romania

Music

  • [Fantastic Summer Festival]- Edm festival that will take place in the Capital City of Romania Bucharest, A FANTASY THAT NO ONE HAS SEEN BEFORE CREATED BY MUSIC AND UNITY[www.fantasticsummerfestival.com]
  • Outernational Days – a fresh and ambitious world music festival right in the heart of Bucharest.
  • Electric Castle – Romania’s most amazing festival, set in the historic domain of the Banffy Castle, the “Versailles of Transylvania”, Bontida – Cluj County Official website
  • Motion Festival [Odorheiu-Secuiesc]- techno, house, deep house [www.motionfestival.ro]
  • BalKaniK Festival (world music), Uranus Garden- Bucharest, www.balkanikfestival.ro
  • Untold Festival – Best Major European Festival in 2015. Official website
  • Jazz Day – 30 April is officially designated by UNESCO as International Jazz Day. A unique Gala Concert brings together jazz artists from all over the world to improvise and celebrate the essence of jazz music. Transylvania – Cluj – Romania. Official website
  • FUSION Festival – Electronic Dance Music event featuring large scale visual effects and special performance show in a natural environment placed at the base of a huge Romanian water dam Gura Riului – Sibiu Official website
  • Jazz & More Festival, Sibiu – creative improvised music, free jazz, contemporary music, free music / Official page
  • George Enescu Festival – Classical Music. Official page
  • Toamna Muzicală Clujeană
  • Artmania Festival – Sibiu – Transylvanian and Arts Festival – mainly Rock Music Official page
  • Transilvania International Guitar Festival – Classical Guitar Music at Cluj-Napoca. Official page
  • Harmonia Cordis International Classical Guitar Festival – Classical Guitar Music at Targu-Mures. Official page
  • Novum Generatio International Guitar Days – Classical Guitar Music at Cluj-Napoca. Official page
  • Terra Siculorum International Classical Guitar Festival & Competition – Classical Guitar Music and Competition at Odorheiu Secuiesc. Official page
  • Gigahertz Music Festival ( Open air festival) Annually between the dates 30 April – 3 May, at Suncuius
  • Transylvania Calling – Gathering of the Tribes (Transformational Open Air Festival) Sibiu/Brasov. Official page
  • Bucharest Early Music Festival Official page
  • Jazzy Spring Festival Buc- harest – jazz
  • EUROPAfest – International festival of jazz, blues, pop and classical music Official website
  • Peninsula / Félsziget Festival – rock, metal, pop, electro etc. at Targu Mureş; One of Romania’s biggest music festivals.
  • Festivalul Plai – Timişoara
  • Gărâna Jazz Festival – Gărâna, Caraş-Severin
  • Delta Music Fest – Sfantu Gheorghe – Delta Dunarii [www.deltamusicfest.ro]
  • IAȘI Guitar Festival – Iași (official site)
  • Green Island
  • ROCK’N’IASI – Iași ([www.rockniasi.ro/ official site])
  • RED MUSIC FESTIVAL – Brașov (official site)
  • MusicForKids – Iași (official site)
  • Plopstock – Satu Mare (official site)
  • North Days (Zilele Nordului) – Botoșani (official site)
  • JAZZ IN THE PARK – Cluj-Napoca (official site)
  • International light music festival “George Grigoriu” – Braila (official site)
  • Sunwaves Festival – Mamaia (official site) (5 Best Music Festivals in Romania)

Theatre

Cinema

  • Open Air Cinema- Metropolis Caravan, www.caravana.metropolisfilm.ro
  • Kinodiseea Children’s Film Festival, Bucharest, www.kinodiseea.ro
  • Brașov International Film Festival & Market, Brașov (official site )
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca (official site)
  • Comedy Cluj, International Comedy Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca (official site)
  • Anonimul – International Independent Film Festival, Sfântu Gheorghe, Tulcea (official site)
  • One World Romania – International documentary film festival about human rights, Bucharest (official site)
  • DaKINO – Bucharest International Film Festival (official site)
  • IPIFF – The Independent Producers International Film Festival, Constanţa (official site)
  • Astra Film Festival – International Documentary and Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Sibiu (official site)
  • FILM.DOK – Documentary Film Festival, Miercurea-Ciuc (official site)
  • Anim’est – International Animation Film Festival, Bucharest (official site)
  • Gay Film Nights, Cluj-Napoca
  • Where is the love? – International Short Film Festival, Bucharest (official site)
  • ALTER-NATIVE – International Short Film Festival, Târgu-Mureş (official site)
  • NexT Film Festival – International Short Film Festival, Bucharest (official site – in Romanian)
  • Timishort Film Festival – International Short Film Festival, Timisoara (official site)
  • ClujShorts – International Short Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca (official site)