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Romania
Sfantul Nicolae, bright colored folk style icon
Sfantul Nicolae
Runa Petringenaru
St. Nicholas Center Collection
Acatistul Sfantul Ierarh Nicolae
St. Nicholas Center Collection

 

On the night of December 5th, boots are cleaned and carefully polished to be put by the door or on the windowsill to wait for St. Nicholas' (Sfantul Nicolae) visit. He is generous to adults as well as children, putting a little present in each boot—usually nuts, tangerines, sweets choclate and small useful items, like new socks. Larger gifts come at Christmas.

In some areas a walnut branch or thin twigs with gold, silver, or bronze gilded walnuts are left as a warning that behavior needs to improve. On the sixth of December, gifts are also given to friends, children, and those in need. It is one of the most important Romanian holidays.

If it snows on the sixth of December, it is said that St. Nicholas has shaken his beard so winter can begin.

More than 800,000 Romanians celebrate their name day on St. Nicholas day, December 6th. 815,453 persons are named Nicholas or derivations of the name, 530,089 men (Nicolae, NIcu) and 285,364 women (Nicoleta, Nicola), reports the Ministry of Administration.

Over 1000 churches are dedicated to St. Nicholas in Romania, at least 23 in Bucharest.


Link

Acatistul Sfantului Ierarh Nicolae, Arhiepiscopul Mirelor Lichiei

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