For several years, October 31 is known in Romania as the day of «Halloween» or «All Saints Day».
Halloween is of Celtic origin, being introduced in other countries by Irish immigrants of the United States of America. Celts believed that on October 31, spirits communicate with the living and return to earth. People disguised as monsters went out on the streets to make a lot of noise so they said scare evil spirits.
Americans prepare for Halloween more than for Christmas or Easter.
On this occasion, America emerged and developed a whole industry of accessories, masks, costumes of vampires, skeletons, devils, ghosts.etc, and also decorated pumpkins. Children dress up and go caroling from house to house, the owner has to welcome and give them candy or risk being frightened by the participants. Other young brave people go during the night in cemeteries.
Other people see Halloween as a pagan holiday, a day when death leaves the
graves. Halloween candy prepares specific sweets for this celebration, glazed apples, which are traditional in the UK and Ireland. Among other dishes associated with Halloween are cake easy fruit in which is inserted a ring or coin (Ireland), caramels (UK). Another delicacy of Halloween is the pumpkin pie.
Romanians have borrowed the celebration of Halloween, but not fully complying with the original traditions. Around Halloween day we see in Romania specific objects (masks, costumes, posters, famous pumpkins, etc.), but few people really know the meaning of Halloween. For us Halloween is an opportunity to play and carnival, on one hand, and on the other hand, a reason to organize or attend a party and to relieve everyday problems.
Romanian traditional culture spirits manifest themselves among the living dead during the day marked the eve of two major holidays: St. George (April 22) and St. Dumitru (October 25th). The period of maximum activity is the eve of St. Andrew (November 29th). For several years, however, even in the States, Halloween has lost its religious specificity, even the traditions and superstitions. We also rank as one of Europe’s most charming and unexplored regions, stunning visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests and friendly people. But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night —particularly Halloween, when all you need is a costume party.
Halloween. The belief that spirits of the dead could sing through the body of someone alive was terrifying.
In fact, it seems that the ancient inhabitants of Britain and Ireland, often resorted to burning of those suspected of being possessed as a sign of warning the spirits.
Transylvania – the name itself is enough to send chills down the spine of even the most fearless traveler. Now imagine being there, in person, when the clock strikes midnight… on Halloween!