Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Christmas in Moldova

“Moldova is an Orthodox country, and as such celebrates Christmas on the night of the 6th of January passing into the 7th of January. One of the most common traditions is the Christmas tree, although people in Moldova usually decorate the Christmas tree on New Year’s Eve, and some call it the New Year Tree. And the presents brought by Santa Claus are also sometimes called New Year gifts rather than Christmas gifts.

Something unique for Christmas in Moldova is the tradition of carols. The idea is that children, and some adults walk door to door to congratulate their neighbors, friends, or relatives with the coming of Christmas. They sing carols and receive gifts. Many people also go to church on this day, since Christmas is a religious holiday after all. Others simply visit their relatives and friends to break bread together during a Christmas dinner.”

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