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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
The name of this day (Romanian: “Marti”) comes from the Latin “Martis Dies”, meaning “Mars’Day”.

St. Tuesday is an old woman, who stays angry all the time. Her house is situated in the Western side of the Earth.

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Folk Romanian architecture is characterized by inventiveness, by the diversity of the solutions found for solving different problems, also by the elegance of the lines and the equilibrium of the volumes.

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The month of December in the Romanian tradition

The old name of December is “Undrea”. This comes from St. Andrew’s celebration (November 30th), which announces the beginning of the month. In the old language, “Andrew” (Romanian: Andrei) became in time “Andrea” and then “Undrea”.

Naming a month of the year after a feast of the previous month reminds of an ancient cycle of celebrations from the end of the autumn and the beginning of the winter, when the Dacian New Year was probably celebrated.

December is the month of snow, when the peasants’ economic activity reduces, leaving the place for the ritual and spiritual preparations.

The celebrations of this month are:

  • December 4: St. Varvara
  • December 4-5: “Bubat” Days
  • December 6: St. Nicholas
  • December 12: St. Spiridon
  • December 20: the “Ignat”
  • December 24: Christmas Eve
  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 27: St. Stephan
  • December 31 / January 1: St. Vasile’s Eve, New Year night

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