Customs and traditions

The lifestyle of the Moldovan majority is reminiscent of that of neighboring Romania. But over the years, cultural influences have also come from Russia / the Soviet Union, Turkey and, more recently, Western Europe. The Orthodox Church also affects the everyday life of the Moldovans.

The Moldovan people group has strong historical, cultural and linguistic ties to Romania and at least previously considered themselves Romanians. Today they regard themselves as Moldavians rather than Romanians.

  • Countryaah: Overview of the capital city of Moldova, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.

The Russian and Ukrainian minorities are mainly influenced by Russian customs and customs.

According to Abbreviationfinder, Moldaver likes to describe themselves as hospitable, peaceful and considerate and for visitors they often express pride in the country’s wine making.

The food culture reflects the multicultural Moldavian community, and in Chișinău there are restaurants with Russian, Moldavian, Jewish and international menus. The hard corn (rather pudding) mămăligă can be described as a national dish. It is served much like a cake with accessories in the form of cheese, milk and sour cream. Other typical dishes are cabbage or wine broths and the soups zama and the Russian brisket. Plăcintă is a kind of dough knot filled with, for example, cheese, potatoes or cabbage. They are often sold as fast food on the street.

Breakfast usually consists of sandwich, cake, omelette or porridge and tea. The biggest meal of the day is taken in the middle of the day and can consist of starters, soups and main courses. The supper can also be warm, but it is usually lighter than lunch.

At dinners, you should drink at least some fine Moldovan wine, primarily to toast with the hostess. In some parts of the country it can be perceived as unfriendly to bowl with the left hand. It is not safe to cheat at the table, and it is unusual to smoke in private homes. Most often, both the host couple and guests go out when it’s time to smoke. In the countryside, it is very inappropriate for a woman to smoke among other people.

In the countryside, everyone greets each other – even strangers – with the words “bună ziua”. In the cities you only greet acquaintances. On more formal occasions you are greeted by taking each other’s hand. Women are sometimes greeted with a hand kiss.

In the cities, almost all western clothing has. Rural men dress in durable pants and shirts, while women wear cotton or flannel dresses.

Family celebrations follow the Orthodox Christian calendar and tradition. Besides holidays like Christmas and Easter, different saints have their special days. At baptisms, funerals and weddings, crowds often gather, and food, desserts, cakes and wine are offered. Usually there is home-made vodka and brandy on the table. In the Orthodox Easter bake a special bread, Pasca, in almost all households and just as in Sweden are painted eggs in bright colors. It is also common for families to go to the cemeteries and show up for picnics at deceased relatives’ graves to honor them.

When a person dies, he is kept awake for up to three days. The dead wear in their finest clothes. At the funeral, guests are invited to colivă, a mixture of sugar and boiled wheat. Graves are often visited by the survivors, who sometimes pour wine on the tombstone.

According to Countryaah, public holidays are New Year’s Day and Russian Orthodox Christmas in January, International Women’s Day on March 8, Workers ‘Day on May 1, Russian Orthodox Easter in May, Victory Day on May 9, Parents’ Day on May 13, Independence Day on August 27, National Language Day on August 31, and Romanian Christmas December 24-25.

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Surprising roll winners in the state of breakout

Yevgeny Shevchuk surprisingly wins over Russia-backed candidate in the “presidential election” in Transnistria. He has made himself known as an anti-corruption activist before running for election.

Peace talks with Transnistria

Formal peace talks begin between Moldova and Transnistria. They are being held in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the time of the OSCE Presidency. In addition to the talks are Transnistria and Moldova, as well as Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE. The EU and the US are observers. Moldova cannot join the EU as long as the conflict over the status of Transnistria remains unsolved and Russian troops are not withdrawn from it (see Transnistria).


Spied doomed free

Spy convicted tax inspector Ilya Kazak is released from prison.


The IMF promises money

After the budget dispute has been resolved, Moldova receives a sign of a loan payment of $ 79 million from the IMF. The government promises the IMF to implement reforms in, among other things, the energy sector and the education system.


Spy-convicted journalist is pardoned

Former Moldovan journalist Ernest Vardanean, a spokesman for Transnistria, is being pardoned by Igor Smirnov, the leader of the outbreak republic.


budget Crisis

Prime Minister Filat threatens to step down because the new government has not yet succeeded in agreeing on the budget for 2011. The main reason is that the Democrats cannot accept the new budget rules that the government has made with the IMF. As a result, a loan payment from the IMF risks freezing inside.


Tax inspector is convicted of espionage

Tax inspector Ilya Kazak is sentenced to 14 years in prison for treason and spying on Moldova by a court in Transnistria. He is the second man in a short time who is punished in a similar way. Kazak also states that he was forced to admit crimes. The verdict is condemned by Moldova and the OSCE.

Moldova Culture and Traditions
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