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How to Say Happy Easter in Romanian (and other Easter Greetings)

Easter is coming soon, so you might be wondering how to say Happy Easter in the Romanian language. Or maybe you’re interested in other Easter greetings that you can use to impress your loved one, friends or co-workers. Or maybe you’re just curious.

It doesn’t really matter why you want to learn how to say Happy Easter in Romania – I am here to teach you that, as well as other greetings related to the Easter celebrations here. I already talked about Easter in Romania a bit in a previous article, so make sure you check that out as well.

Now, let’s get to the English lessons. Here are the Easter greetings you need to know:

Happy Easter: Paște fericit!

If you want to keep things a bit more generic, you could use the traditional Happy Holidays – Sarbatori fericite! But this one is usually used more as a Christmas Greeting than one suitable for Easter. So it’s best to stick to Paște fericit! (Note: if you want to prepare in advance, learn how to say Merry Christmas in Romanian here)

Other Easter greetings you should know in the Romanian language

easter greetings in Romanian

The truth is that we don’t really have a lot of them and Paste fericit! (to which you reply the same) should be enough.

But there is also the habit to greet people with a special greeting during the Easter Celebration. This is valid especially for the first 2-3 days of Easter, although some could use them a bit longer. Here are the additional Easter greetings you should know:

Hristos a Înviat! (Christ has risen)

Whenever you are told that, you must reply this:

Adevarat a Înviat! (Indeed he has risen)

We don’t have egg hunting in Romania, or anything like that, although we do have the tradition of knocking painted eggs (usually in red). One person will hold an egg facing upwards, while the other will knock on it. The broken egg is considered the loser. This is obviously a very fun activity for kids.

When knocking eggs, the person that hits has to say Hristos a Înviat! and the other has to reply Adevarat a Înviat! Only then the eggs can be knocked and the winner decided.

And these would be all the greetings that we have for Easter in Romania. Not a lot of them, fortunately, so very easy to learn and replicate.

When do Romanians celebrate Easter?

Easter painted eggs

Most Romanians are orthodox, which means that most celebrate the Orthodox Easter. This means that most days off, promotions and festivities are held during the Orthodox Easter times.

Supermarkets and restaurants are starting to look for those who celebrate the Catholic Easter (which is usually before the Orthodox one), but the best deals, discounts and most of the celebrations happen on the Orthodox Easter.

I am not sure if that has changed recently (I guess it didn’t), but students would receive days off only during the Orthodox Easter, no matter what their religion is – and the same goes with the days off from work.

And this would be all for Easter greetings in the Romanian language. An easy lesson today.

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