Customs and traditions
The lifestyle of the Moldovan majority is
reminiscent of that of neighboring Romania. But over the
years, cultural influences have also come from Russia /
the Soviet Union, Turkey and, more recently, Western
Europe. The Orthodox Church also affects the everyday
life of the Moldovans.
The Moldovan people group has strong historical,
cultural and linguistic ties to Romania and at least
previously considered themselves Romanians. Today they
regard themselves as Moldavians rather than Romanians.
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The Russian and Ukrainian minorities are mainly
influenced by Russian customs and customs.
Moldaver likes to describe themselves as hospitable,
peaceful and considerate and for visitors they often
express pride in the country's wine making.
The food culture reflects the multicultural Moldavian
community, and in Chișinău there are restaurants with
Russian, Moldavian, Jewish and international menus. The
hard corn (rather pudding) mămăligă can be
described as a national dish. It is served much like a
cake with accessories in the form of cheese, milk and
sour cream. Other typical dishes are cabbage or wine
broths and the soups zama and the Russian
brisket. Plăcintă is a kind of dough knot
filled with, for example, cheese, potatoes or cabbage.
They are often sold as fast food on the street.
Breakfast usually consists of sandwich, cake,
omelette or porridge and tea. The biggest meal of the
day is taken in the middle of the day and can consist of
starters, soups and main courses. The supper can also be
warm, but it is usually lighter than lunch.
At dinners, you should drink at least some fine
Moldovan wine, primarily to toast with the hostess. In
some parts of the country it can be perceived as
unfriendly to bowl with the left hand. It is not safe to
cheat at the table, and it is unusual to smoke in
private homes. Most often, both the host couple and
guests go out when it's time to smoke. In the
countryside, it is very inappropriate for a woman to
smoke among other people.
In the countryside, everyone greets each other - even
strangers - with the words "bună ziua". In the cities
you only greet acquaintances. On more formal occasions
you are greeted by taking each other's hand. Women are
sometimes greeted with a hand kiss.
In the cities, almost all western clothing has. Rural
men dress in durable pants and shirts, while women wear
cotton or flannel dresses.
Family celebrations follow the Orthodox Christian
calendar and tradition. Besides holidays like Christmas
and Easter, different saints have their special days. At
baptisms, funerals and weddings, crowds often gather,
and food, desserts, cakes and wine are offered. Usually
there is home-made vodka and brandy on the table. In the
Orthodox Easter bake a special bread, Pasca, in
almost all households and just as in Sweden are painted
eggs in bright colors. It is also common for families to
go to the cemeteries and show up for picnics at deceased
relatives' graves to honor them.
When a person dies, he is kept awake for up to three
days. The dead wear in their finest clothes. At the
funeral, guests are invited to colivă, a
mixture of sugar and boiled wheat. Graves are often
visited by the survivors, who sometimes pour wine on the
Public holidays are New Year's Day and Russian
Orthodox Christmas in January, International Women's Day
on March 8, Workers 'Day on May 1, Russian Orthodox
Easter in May, Victory Day on May 9, Parents' Day on May
13, Independence Day on August 27, National Language Day
on August 31, and Romanian Christmas December 24-25.
Surprising roll winners in the state of breakout
Yevgeny Shevchuk surprisingly wins over Russia-backed candidate in the
"presidential election" in Transnistria. He has made himself known as an
anti-corruption activist before running for election.
Peace talks with Transnistria
Formal peace talks begin between Moldova and Transnistria. They are being
held in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the time of the OSCE Presidency. In addition to
the talks are Transnistria and Moldova, as well as Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE.
The EU and the US are observers. Moldova cannot join the EU as long as the
conflict over the status of Transnistria remains unsolved and Russian troops are
not withdrawn from it (see Transnistria).
Spied doomed free
Spy convicted tax inspector Ilya Kazak is released from prison.
The IMF promises money
After the budget dispute has been resolved, Moldova receives a sign of a loan
payment of $ 79 million from the IMF. The government promises the IMF to
implement reforms in, among other things, the energy sector and the education
Spy-convicted journalist is pardoned
Former Moldovan journalist Ernest Vardanean, a spokesman for Transnistria, is
being pardoned by Igor Smirnov, the leader of the outbreak republic.
Prime Minister Filat threatens to step down because the new government has
not yet succeeded in agreeing on the budget for 2011. The main reason is that
the Democrats cannot accept the new budget rules that the government has made
with the IMF. As a result, a loan payment from the IMF risks freezing inside.
Tax inspector is convicted of espionage
Tax inspector Ilya Kazak is sentenced to 14 years in prison for treason and
spying on Moldova by a court in Transnistria. He is the second man in a short
time who is punished in a similar way. Kazak also states that he was forced to
admit crimes. The verdict is condemned by Moldova and the OSCE.