Winter and Christmas Customs in Bukovina

There are countless Christmas customs in Bucovina and Northern Moldavia. Christmas is the Holiday that is preserved, perhaps, more than elsewhere, without great deviations from tradition and caroling is here not only a custom but, by way of organization, it has become a real institution, with specific laws and rules.

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In Bukovina winter holidays are the most anticipated event of the year.
The last month of the year in particular, abounds in religious events and ancestral winter customs which have resisted in time, have been taken over, preserved and in some cases, partly adapted to fit modern times.

There are countless Christmas customs in Bucovina and Northern Moldavia. The customs of the winter holiday cycle begin at Saint Nicholas (Sannicolau) and end in January at St. John, including a varied range of customs, all extremely rich in artistic manifestations.

In Bucovina, Christmas is the Holiday that is preserved, perhaps, more than elsewhere, without great deviations from tradition. Caroling is here not only a custom but, by way of organization, it has become a real institution, with specific laws and rules.

From these traditional winter customs and events do not miss mask games & customs – which are actually spread all over the country, but are particularly famous in Bukowina – exhibiting animal or human characters like the bear, horse, goat, land, babes, soldiers,  etc.

Everywhere in the world the Winter Holidays are celebrated with joy and are eagerly awaited, but it’s like nowhere are winter holidays more beautiful  than in Moldavia.

Christmas carols are considered the oldest literary form and have been certified since the Middle Ages on the territory of Romania.

On Christmas Day, the carol called “Steaua” (the Star) will be sung, which proclaim the birth of Jesus. Maybe you do not know, but the custom of offering Christmas presents comes from the worship of the Magi, who offered gifts to the Holy Child.