Saint Andrew and the National Day of Romania
Here we are at the end of November, and the holidays have already begun to be more frequent, remembering us that we are heading to the most beautiful time of the year – December.On the last day of November we have the celebration of Saint Andrew which, besides the religious celebration, means many customs and rituals, especially as it overlapped another holiday celebration a Daco-Getae one – the great god of Santandrei.
St. Andrew was one of the apostles, a native of Bethsaida, as the Bible says. Although the apostle was a Jew, the name Andrew comes from Greek and means brave men. Saint Andrew is considered by the Orthodox Church as the patron saint of Romania.
On the night between 29 and 30 November, especially in villages, various rituals are practiced; rituals that are born of the belief that one can easily find all the bad protection, welfare and why not, love. But most of the rituals are about love. „Love Spells”. Some of these include hiding under the pillow of a piece of holy basil – to dream on „the one”, anointing with garlic the windows and doors, the girls make a doll out of cloth, named Andreu, lie it as if it were dead and mourn it, sowing of wheat in a pot of earth to find out how rich the harvest would be next year.Also, in this night of 29 to 30 November occurs the Night of the Undead, when ghosts seem to have the most intense activity. To fend off the undead, the people anoint windows and doors with garlic and gather inside all the sharp tools to not let them at the reach of ghosts.
After a day with so much religious and ritual significance, follows a very important day for the Romanians: December 1, the National Day of Romania and of Romanians everywhere.
Initially, the national day of Romania was on May 10, then on 23 august, and eventually, since 1990, started being celebrated on December 1. The law that established this day as the National Day of Romania, does not mention the significance or the reason this day was chosen. One of the references is that on December 1, 1918, was accomplished the unification of Transylvania, Banat, Crisana and Maramures to Romania. But historian Neagu Djuvara showed in 2011 that the choice of this date was a circumstantial one, and that on December 1, 1918 took place only the union of Transylvania and Banat with Romania, the other provinces being united with Romania at different times.Whatever the explanation for choosing this date as the National Day of Romania is, the fact is that this celebration is extremely interesting. Parades and military ceremonies take place at the Arc de Triomphe, events attended by the most important political figures of the country, and many people who want to take part in this important celebration for Romania. The most attractive point of the parade is the parade of theCavalry Detachment of the Gendarmerie. The Ministry of Defense will participate in the parade with representative parades of all categories of forces: air, land and sea. In addition, the flag will be hoisted in front of all state institutions to mark this important day for the Romanians.
The weather forecast for this weekend shows that the weather will be very nice, so we are waiting for you at Hotel Alpin in Poiana Brasov to celebrate Saint Andrew and the National Day of Romania. Enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Romania and take advantage of the Hotel Alpin’s offer for December 1.Sources