Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Romania

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Romanians are very welcoming. They welcome foreign visitors in the countryside and small towns, and they may even ask you to lunch on occasion. As is typical among Romania’s Balkan neighbors, Romanians will persist when giving anything since “no” does not always mean “no,” and they just think it nice for you to reject and polite for them to insist.

You should first take some standard measures to examine your hosts. When greeting or leaving, it is customary for friends and relatives to kiss both cheeks. Respect for the elderly is highly valued and a positive reflection of your character. “Bună ziua” (Boo-nah Zee-wah) means “Good day” or “Good afternoon” and is used to welcome both friends and strangers. The words “Bună dimineaţa” and “Bună seara” are used in the morning and evening, respectively.

Men wear speedos or shorts to the beach, with the former being more popular with the over-40 population and the latter with the younger audience. Ladies often wear thong bikinis, and topless sunbathing is becoming increasingly popular.

Avoid claiming that Romanian is a Slavic language or that it is connected to Hungarian, Turkish, or Albanian. People may find it insulting; in reality, as previously said, Romanians do not pronounce vowels and consonants in the same manner as their neighbors.

Romanians also value foreigners who do not believe Romania was a part of the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union (it was only a member of the Eastern Bloc).

Avoid bringing up ethnic tensions between Romanians and ethnic Hungarians. Hungarians predominate in certain parts of Transylvania, and inter-ethnic conflict has flared up on occasion in recent years.

Other minority-rich areas include Dobrogea, which is still home to Tatars, Turks, and Ukrainians, as well as the country’s west, which is home to a small number of Serbs, Slovaks, and Germans. In the decades after the Holocaust, almost all Jews fled the nation.

Another heinous misunderstanding is that there is no distinction between Romanians and Roma people (commonly referred to as Gypsies, although this term is considered derogatory). Because there is still a lot of prejudice towards Roma people, conflating the two ethnic groups may upset a lot of people.

Romanians may object to being labeled as a Balkan nation due to the region’s relatively bad reputation. It is also not completely geographically accurate, since the majority of Romania (save for Dobrogea) officially falls outside the Balkan Peninsula.