Traditions Feasts Winter feasts 24 December -> 7 January Childrens go from house to house singing beautiful ChristmasCarols, often with a large star made of coloured glossy paper,singing and celebrating the Christs birth.Also in some parts of the country people respect theold customs and use masks and costumes imitatinganimals to celebrate winter. Mărţişor 1st of March is the celebration of spring. Popular tradition: amulets with red-white thread are offered to women to were them for a few days, and after that they have to be put in flourished trees. Easter - holiday without a fix date – usually one week after the Catholic Easter. Religious tradition: special foods are prepared – especially usinglamb and eggs are painted. The colors that are used are red, yellow,blue, green and black. The most important is red which symbolizes,Jesus’ blood when He was crucified.
The Romanian cuisine is a diverse blend ofdifferent dishes from several traditions which cameinto contact but it also maintained its own Foodcharacter. It has been greatly influenced by Turkishcuisine, while it also includes influences from thecuisines of other neighbours, such asGermans, Serbians and Hungarians. Romanian traditional foods heavily feature meat. Cabbage rolls, sausages, and stews (like tocanita) are popular main dishes. Quite different types of dishes are sometimes included under a generic term; for example, the category ciorba includes a wide range of soups with a characteristic sour taste.
Sibiu - European capital of culture 2007Known in German as Hermannstadt, Sibiu hasalways been the centre of Romanias Germanminority since medieval times. Even today, itcontains Romanias largest German community,and, due to initiatives by the local government,the Germanic feel of the area has beenmaintained.Sibiu is known as a city of art and culture. Thereyou can visit numerous cultural monuments, adiversity of museums, and famous artistic and Placescultural events. This attracting atmosphere hasbeen created for residents and visitors who havethe opportunity to experience cultural life in thisTransylvanian city. Bran Castle, situated between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, 30 km far from Brasov, is the only touristic point that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists because of a legend: Count Dracula’s Legend. Its narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers easy to hide a "vampire" but of course there is no proof and Vlad Tepes lived only for a short time in the castle and only as a guest. What is really true is that Bran Castle conjures up the perfect Gothic fairy-tale image of a Transylvanian castle.
The Danube Is the only river on Earth that passes through10 countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia,Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, theRepublic of Moldova, Ukraine) and four capitals(Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade),being the only delta in the world that isdeclared a Biosphere Reserve.The Danube Delta has the third largestbiodiversity in the world. Here you can findpelicans, duks, different fishes, lilies etc. Places Targu Jiu -> Sculptor Constantin Brancusi The Table of Silence, The Kiss Gate and theEndless Column – these are the three sculpturalcomponents from Targu-Jiu, made by ConstantinBrancusi, which constitutes an homage to thehero soldiers fallen during the First World War.The initiative of achieving this ensemblebelonged to Aretia Tatarascu, in 1937.
If we were to talk about the Romanian lifestyle we would have to take into account the difference between rural customs and the ones representative for towns and cities. In fact, traditions have been mainly kept vivid in villages. Technology has taken over and people have sometimes forgotten their roots. Living in the city brings about a Lifestylenew perspective on enjoying andregarding the old traditions. Theyhave not lost their meaning butchanged their appearance. Townsare alive not only in the holidayperiod but also during the rest of theyear. Week-ends are the times whenpeople escape from every-day dutiesand manage to have fun, whatevertheir social status. Clubs are always full of young people, who also take part in special events, because the Romanians are very warm and lively people. Most of us leave the towns for a picnic or a barbeque on Saturdays and Sundays.This is a general characteristic of our Latin country and its lifestyle.
1. Ioan Cantacuzino has discovered the cure (which had been relevant) in the treatment of cholera, epidemic typhus, tuberculosis, and scarlet fever? 2. Lazăr Edeleanu was the first chemist to synthesize amphetamine. 3. The Romanian doctor Nicolae Paulescu discovered the insulin and he was the first to published the result of his reaserch in France.The two canadians Banting and Best admited they knew about Paulescus discovery. 4.Emil Racoviţa he is the founder of biospeleology. 5.Aurel Vlaicu built the first arrow-shaped airplane.6. Henri Coanda was a Romanian inventor, a pioneer inaerodynamicsand the builder of world’s first jet plane. He discovered and gave hisname to the Coanda effect. 7. Stefan Odobleja is the „father”of cybernetics.8. Romanias Danube Delta is a World Heritage site and is the secondlargest delta in the whole of Europe.
9. Gheorghe Marinescu, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest, was the first person to see living nervous cells with a microscope10. Irish author Bram Stoker based his horror novel ‘Dracula’ on thefifteenth century Wallachian Prince, Vlad Dracul of Romania. 11. Nadia Comaneci - the first gymnast in history of this sport who obtained a perfect 10.00 in 1976 in Montreal at the Ollympic Games. The Computer was not prepared for such experience, so all world saw "1.00" on the screen! 12. The fountain pen was invented by the Romanian Petrache Poenaru - he was student in Paris... 13. The Danube, which is the longest international river in Europe, empties into the Black Sea at the Romanian coast. 14 .Bucharests Palace of the People is the worlds largest and most expensive civil administration building in the world, according to the World Records Academy. 15. Mircea Eliade, 79, a world authority on the history of religions w helped to establish the discipline in the United States as a professor the University of Chicago 16. The only “Happy Graveyard” in the world is „Cimitirul Vesel”. It may sound strange, but this place really exists. It is placed in the village of Sapanta, Maramures County, România. The graves have a picture representing the dead person in a very important moment or a very usual moment of their life. On the grave there are carved the lasts words the dead wanted his friends wanted to know and usualy these lasts words have a sense of humor.
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