New Years Eve in Romania
By Correspondent Drauceanu Georgiana in Arad, Romania.
I believe that New Year’s Eve is a special moment all over the world. It’s a time when people reminisce thinking of all the things that happened to them in the year that has passed, the good and the bad. It’s a moment of joy and happiness knowing that from that day forward you start a new chapter of your life.
As we know, all new beginnings should be celebrated, so at the end of every year people get together and celebrate New Year’s Eve. As I am from Romania I can only tell you how Romanians spend their New Year’s Eve.
For starters I would like to share with you some of our New Year’s Eve traditions and superstitions. Some of the traditions are that on New Year’s Day unmarried girls have to put in a bowl of water a basil thread, a branch of an apple tree and a coin and as a result, in the morning they will dream the man that they will marry. Another tradition is the kiss under the mistletoe so that the two lovers would be surrounded by love all through the year.
It is said by the elders that at the crossing between years everybody should wear something new and red, or another bright color, to attract positive energies.
We also have a lot of superstitions. Like for example, it is said that on the night between the years it is good to be a lot of noise to ward off evil spirits. Another superstition is that on the last day of the year and the first day of the new year is bad to spend money or to throw anything away from the house because we also throw away the luck. Also, concerning money, it is said that if you have debts when the new year starts, you will have debts all the year. Some other superstition says that the first person that crosses the doorstep on the first day of the year will influence us all year. Blond and red-headed people bring misfortune, while dark-haired persons bring luck.
In the town that I live in, Arad, every year there is a concert in front of the city hall and at midnight, after the backwards count from 10 to 1, fireworks start to rise and everybody is happy and screaming with joy, opening bottles of champagne. It is a really wonderful feeling being there surrounded by hundreds of other people that you don’t even know, but nevertheless, celebrating together the beginning of a new year.
Another way of celebrating New Year’s Eve in my town and probably in the rest of the country is to go to a party in a restaurant or a club.
Also, if you don’t want to spend too much money, or to stay out in the cold, you can remain home, with your family, cook a delicious meal and watch shows about New Years’ on television.
I, personally, believe that parties in restaurants or bars are overrated and also overpriced, and I don’t really have a big family, so this year I decided to go to the city hall and celebrate the night between the years there with some close friends.
Overall, it doesn’t really matter how you spend it, but with whom. I think that it doesn’t matter whether you are at home, outside or anywhere else, because when you are with the ones you love, you know that’s the right place to be.
P.S: The photo is made by my talented best friend, Claudiu Sirbu.
My name is Georgiana and I’m seventeen years old. I live in the west of the country in a city called Arad. There’s not a lot to be said about me. I’m a simple person and I like to help other people. I have been doing volunteer work for 2 years now, with the National Organization of Romanian Scouts and recently I started volunteering at an orphanage.