Moldova is an European Country, which has a rich ethnic history. The majority of the population are Moldovans (Romanians), but the following national minorities live on this territory too: Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Gagauzians, Russians, Germans, Greeks, and others. In Moldova many traditions are centuries old. It is hard to believe that the multi-ethnic character of the country still exists within the popular traditions. What ‘ s more it has enriched them with new qualities, giving them a new color and transforming them into an original bunch of customs, rituals, and folklore present in Moldovan villages.
In spite of the differences of nationalities, the people here have the most important quality – Hospitality. In Moldova every guest is received with special warmth. The householder will always serve his guest with great Moldovan wine and with the best dishes of food. Usually, the guests are invited into the Casa Mare (Big Room) – a traditional room in each house where people feast together.
There are a lot of holidays in Moldova and everyone can join in them.
The Winter Holidays, for instance, feature greetings cards, best wishes, plays performed by both children and adults from one door to another, thus announcing with joy the coming of the New Year. Everybody is looking forward to Santa Claus to come on a sleigh filled with presents. Especially children prepare themselves for this event: they put on different costumes and masks and perform in front of the Christmas tree. In fact, at that period the holidays, following the traditional agricultural calendar coincide with the Christian festival of Christmas.
Another very important traditional holiday is Martisor – the symbol of spring. In March everybody in Moldova hangs on their collar two knitted white and red ropes, which symbolize nature ‘ s revival.
In Spring the most important holiday for our people is the Easter religions holiday. For this celebration people prepare in good time, they cook special food: Easter Cake and painted eggs and the best wine. In the course of time the painted eggs have become a handicraft art.
A lot of traditional events in our country represent an amalgam of elements characteristic to the agricultural, religious and civil calendars, a mixture that was transformed in a permanent source of goodwill, warmth and hospitality in Moldova.
During the holidays guests in Moldova can participate in a range of cultural events: concerts Martisor , Ciresar, Maria Biesu Welcomes, etc., performances, parades, mass manifestations on Independence Day, on Limba Noastra Day, on towns or villages ‘ Day, etc. On Harvest Days traditional fairs are organized in towns and villages. Especially during these holidays, tourists can get closer to the national folk and handcraft art.
We cannot speak about Moldova without mentioning the traditions of a family nature: weddings, celebrations, etc., which become real shows performed by guests and hosts.
In Moldovan villages shezatorile are very traditional social meetings, especially in the winter, where people sing, dance, and make handicrafts.
It’s truly said that each guest in the Casa Mare of Moldova is a real friend.