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Culture and Customs

Romania's culture is the product of its geographical position and of its distinct historical evolution. It is fundamentally defined as the meeting point of three regions: Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, but cannot be truly included in any of them.

The Romanian people are extremely friendly and hospitable. Although they can sometimes be quite suspicious of foreigners at first, once you have gained their trust they can't do enough for you. The people are very traditional and are very proud of their unique culture and customs. Due to the rural character of Romanian communities, string folk traditions have survived. Traditional folk arts include wood carving, ceramics, weaving and embroidery of costumes, household decorations, dance, and richly varied folk music.

Music and dance represent a lively part of the Romanian folklore and there are a great variety of musical genres and dances. Party music is very lively and shows both Balkan and Hungarian influences. Sentimental music, however, is the most valued, and Romanians consider their doina (a sad song either about one's home or about love, composed like an epic ballad) unique in the world.

Romanians have had, from time immemorial, a myriad of customs, tales and poems about love, faith, kings, princesses, and witches.

Romanians love to eat. A large part of their diet is potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes. But also, anything that can be harvested forms a stable part of their diet. So cabbage, carrots, peppers, aubergines, onions, radish, corn and tomatoes are a common sight at the colourful local markets. Pork is the main meat used in Roman cuisine. Wine is the major drink and Romania is the ninth largest producer of wine in the world.

An extremely religious country (Christian Orthodox/Catholic) where almost every family goes to church at least once a week with there being the opportunity to go 3 times on a Sunday if once isn't enough!

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