November Traditions in Romania

November Traditions in Romania

Posted on 2018-11-01    Category Traditions

The first week is known by elderly people as "The Week of the Mirist" because this week the households show the spring mistletoe. 

The second week is celebrated in the center of the feast of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, those with protective powers over the households and flocks of sheep.

The third week is traditionally denominated "The Autumn Fellows Week". It is said that this week the wolves begin to mating.

The fourth week or week of the Ovidenes refers to the night of Ovidius when the sky opens and the animals have miraculous powers. This week is also known as Andrew's week, which is said to freeze water and sew the river

At the border between autumn and winter, November is the march of traditions, where the aging and gradual degradation of the time is expressed by the many pre-Christian feasts dedicated to wolves, strikes and other evil fantastic beings, but the spiritual scenario of the moon is complemented by many other celebrations related to the Christian ritual.

 More than 1.5 million Romanians celebrate their name on Nov. 8 on the occasion of Saint Archangels Mihail and Gavril.The Archangels Michael and Gabriel are perceived as mythical beings who guide the angels' rings and the souls of men to heaven.Archangel GavrilShe is the protector of women and children, being sent by God to the Virgin Mary to tell her the wonder of her intrigue and the fact that Jesus was in her womb.Archangel MichaelSt. Michael is the one who fights against the devil and has the mission of keeping the keys of heaven.• According to tradition, in the day of Saints Archangels Michael and Gavril, believers do not have to work, and those who do not respect this celebration will suffer great torment at the time of death.On Saturday, November 8th, it is a feast for the remembrance of souls, relatives or friends who are not. On this Holy day, the faithful light candles in the Church for those past and beyond. In addition, the elders tell today that Michael the Archangel is the one who stands by the man when he is dying, and some say that if the saint stands at the feet of the sick, he will live.In the mountains, the two Archangels are considered the shepherds.• On their birthday, large cakes are made of peas, which they throw in the midst of their sheep. If the cake falls face up, it is announced a rich spring, with many lambs. If the cake falls face down, it shows a poor spring, with sheepfolds, fruitless.

The entrance of Our Lady to the Church is celebrated on November 21, it is called Vovidenie (Obviously), Obdivenie or Ovidenie, being a very important and very popular day among Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians.The celebration is the day when Mary's parents, Joachim and Ana brought Mary at the age of three to the temple in Jerusalem to listen to the reading of the holy books. Mary stayed for 15 years in the Temple, until she became the mother of our Savior Jesus Christ.Traditions on the Day of the Virgin's Entry into the Church:Tradition says that the sky opens, the animals talk, the undead walk through the world, and people put garlic on the windows. If on the night of Vovidenie the sky will be clear, the next year will be dry, poverty, if the sky will be flooded and quiet, people think it will be a difficult year with diseases and poverty and if it snow will be a rich winter with plenty the snow.• Children of Ovidenie put marigold in the water, which they care for until buds and blooms are used as New Year's varieties. For the year to be full of joy and riches, people have to respect this holiday.

St. AndrewChurch inscriptions say that Andrew is called "the first called" who joined the Savior after he left John the Baptist. Saint Andrew is one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, who brought and promoted the Savior's teachings and is considered the "Protector of Romania" or "the Spiritual Patron of the Romans."The legends say that on the eve of St. Andrew, the barrier between heaven and earth rises, and black spirits haunt the earthly places. Some habits are not of a religious nature, but they are based on hundreds of years in which they have been transmitted from generation to generation.Traditions of St. Andrew• On this night, people throw garlic on the window to protect themselves from evil spirits, women turn pots and cups with their mouths down or pull out of the hot ash stove to keep the undead from hiding in heat• On the night of St. Andrew, the unmarried girls placed their sanctified basil under the pillow to dream their beast. The method of the owl is known from the elders, in a glass of uninitiated water a holy priestly owl is cast in the midst of which the face of the beast appears.• In Moldova, another tradition says that married girls have to sit alone at midnight, near the stove to see their sorrow, to which the girl will turn your clay bowl, the mouth down. At the back of the street, three pieces of charcoal must be blown, while the young man is announcing a spell to awaken an attraction for the loved one.• In Oltenia, children cut apple, brush cuttings to care for St. Basil. If the twigs were rich in buds and flowers, they were announcing a good and fertile year. On this day, the wheat is grazed for the entire family. The one whose wheat is beautiful and tall is said to have a good year with money and health.If on the night of St. Andrew it is clear and warm, then we will have a gentle winter, if it is frost, we will have a heavy winter.


According to tradition, on the night of the strigoi, the gates between the two worlds are open and only now those who are gone can come and visit us. For this reason, it is considered a night of horror because now there is a struggle between the dead and those who are alive. The popular saying "about the dead, but good" is respected with holiness, at least at the cemetery.Traditions of St. Andrew in Bucovina:• In Bucovina, St. Andrew does not sweep or take the garbage out of the house, and women are not allowed to get boiled so that the wolves do not come.• Old people say the comb is the place where the wolves live.• Another habit well known in Bukovina is related to money. It is said that it is not good to borrow money from someone or to have debts on St. Andrew's Day, so you will bring the damage to the house.• On the eve of St. Andrew's day, the believers bring the prunes, marigolds, cherries or cherries into the house and put them in a bottle and let them bloom until Christmas Eve to bring plenty, harmony and peace of mind to the household.• Women take warm ash from day to day in the stove, so bad spirits and wolves can not find their warmth.• All women are spreading bread crumbs through the yard, so that the Flemish souls do not search for food. They also put cloves of garlic at the entrance and let the candle close to the icons to protect themselves from the werewolves.Also this day is made predictions about the fate of the harvest. They are made with grains of wheat.• For each type of culture they plan to sow in the garden, the housewife baptizes a grain and puts it in the kitchen. In 7 days, the beans are analyzed: the ones that have been grazed show the favorable fate of the culture, and the others, the damage.• In order to find out how fruitful the next year is to put wheat grains in a straw (pot) with water, and how often will grow wheat, so rich will be the next year harvest.

November Traditions in Romania
November Traditions in Romania