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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Over 2 mln Romanians celebrate their name day on St. John’s Day – the last of winter holidays

Christians in Romania celebrate John the Baptist today, January 7, this being one of the most important religious holidays in January. Also, St. John’s Day marks the end of the winter holidays in Romania.

More than 2 million Romanians celebrate their name day today, according to data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, quoted by local News.ro, and most of them are men. The most common names are Ioan, Ion, Ioana, Ionela and Ionel.

The Christians believe St. John the Baptist is the greatest of all saints, after the Virgin Mary. In the Orthodox calendar, he has three days of commemoration: June 24 - his birth, January 7 – the day of St. John as the saint who baptised Jesus, and August 29 – the beheading of St. John.

On the day of St. John the Baptist, celebrated on January 7, most Romanians go to churches to attend the religious services. Moreover, the believers wash their faces with the holy water (aghiasma in Romanian) they received on the Epiphany Day (celebrated on January 6), as it is said that this way they will be safe and healthy in the year to come. Another tradition says that the Romanians shouldn’t do laundry or other work around the house on this day.

In some regions of Romania, those who are named Ion get a special kind of celebration, called “Udatul Ionilor” (Watering the Johns). In Bucovina, for example, people named Ion put a decorated fir tree at their gates and have parties. In Transylvania, those named Ion are carried to the nearby river and soaked into water.

Study: More than half of Romanians have a saint they worship

Irina Marica, [email protected]

(Photo source: Crestinortodox.ro)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Over 2 mln Romanians celebrate their name day on St. John’s Day – the last of winter holidays

Christians in Romania celebrate John the Baptist today, January 7, this being one of the most important religious holidays in January. Also, St. John’s Day marks the end of the winter holidays in Romania.

More than 2 million Romanians celebrate their name day today, according to data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, quoted by local News.ro, and most of them are men. The most common names are Ioan, Ion, Ioana, Ionela and Ionel.

The Christians believe St. John the Baptist is the greatest of all saints, after the Virgin Mary. In the Orthodox calendar, he has three days of commemoration: June 24 - his birth, January 7 – the day of St. John as the saint who baptised Jesus, and August 29 – the beheading of St. John.

On the day of St. John the Baptist, celebrated on January 7, most Romanians go to churches to attend the religious services. Moreover, the believers wash their faces with the holy water (aghiasma in Romanian) they received on the Epiphany Day (celebrated on January 6), as it is said that this way they will be safe and healthy in the year to come. Another tradition says that the Romanians shouldn’t do laundry or other work around the house on this day.

In some regions of Romania, those who are named Ion get a special kind of celebration, called “Udatul Ionilor” (Watering the Johns). In Bucovina, for example, people named Ion put a decorated fir tree at their gates and have parties. In Transylvania, those named Ion are carried to the nearby river and soaked into water.

Study: More than half of Romanians have a saint they worship

Irina Marica, [email protected]

(Photo source: Crestinortodox.ro)

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