The Romanian word for "Easter" is "Paște".
The Latin etymology "Paschae" caused different forms of the word in other Latin languages: Italian "Pasqua", French "Pâques", Portuguese "Pascoa", Romanian "Paște".
The form "Paște" was considered a singular form in Romanian; the plural form is "Paști".
The most commune greeting in Romanian at Easter is:
"Paște fericit" (Happy Easter)
"Sărbători fericite" (Happy Holidays)
used on this occasion has a more general meaning.
On the Easter's days, Romanians use the expression
"Hristos a înviat!" (Christ has risen)
and get the response:
"Adevărat a înviat!" (He was risen indeed)
Did you know that?
In Romanian the word "Paște" is part of a very popular phrase with a different meaning:
"La Paștele cailor" (at the horses' Easter) – it means "Never ever".
The word "Paște" is also part of a plant name: "Paștele calului" ("the horse's Easter").
Mona Pologea, PhD Linguist
Managing Director ROLANG School