Moldova Local Customs

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Moldova Local Customs

  • The country of...

    Vineyards and Orchids..that's the image of Moldova!Vineyards everywhere! Beautiful vineyards!Totul e vii, livezi... vii le vezi si te duci :)

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  • Maiking wine

    Yes, making wine is probably the biggest tradition of ours...I cannot even imagine what we would of become without the art of making wine! The oldest of all tradition will die only with us.Just yesterday I made some new (first this year) wine out of Bacon.... ummm... what can be more pleasant then tasting the first wine in this year?!

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  • Unexpected Literacy Problems

    Romanian is the only one official language in Moldova. It is written in Latin characters, like inRomania. But in Soviet time Romanian was called here "Moldavian" and had to be written in Kyrillic characters as it is still done in the Stalinist theme park Transnistria. But there are quite some Russians and Ukrainians living in Moldova west of the...

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  • When visiting churches

    The following rules do not apply in all churches, as it is up to the priest to decide. However, we found it useful (especially in Chisinau) to make small donations before asking for permission to take pictures inside the churches. This worked everywhere, except for the Cathedral in Unirii square in Chisinau. Secondly, in some churches women are...

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  • Money

    You’ll find plenty of exchange houses near the railways station in Chisinau, and the general trend was the closer to the railway station, the more disadvantageous the rate.However, there is no ATM near the railway station. The closest ATM is at Victoria Bank, at the ground floor of a tall building in a large crossroad on the right, towards the city...

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  • Family

    Family is an amazingly important institution in FSROM. Or so it appeared to us while travelling by buses around the country during the week-end, with the radio playing music on request. All the songs, whether folk or pop or mixed were talking about family, mother, grandmother, distance from home, missing your lover back home and so on. And how can...

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  • Weddings

    Plenty of weddings everywhere you turn, as if they’d been prohibited for a decade or so. Colourful, cheerful and noisy wedding gatherings testify not only for the particular significance of family values, but also to continuity of traditions. Married couples in Soroca used to visit the fortress of Stefan cel Mare and then make a short stop and a...

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  • Dancing all the time:)

    Moldavian people seem to be really cheerful and happy. For sure, they love to dance. When you turn on a TV set you may see on many channels people dancing or singing. I have seen even Moldavian Prime Minister dancing with children in a kondergarten.:) It was so spontanious...I spent New Year's Eve on the main square in Chisinau and there were lots...

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  • street Markets

    Piata!can be interesting to visit the street market for you, and the prices here are as low as possible, maybe you don't even imagine how cheap it is.And try to get into the spirit of the "piata"!

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  • Traditional wrestling

    Tranta!This is a traditional moldavian wrestling called - tranta.The prize of course is a live young lamb!

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  • Martisor

    Martisor should be read as 'Martsishor'.First spring month is celebrated in Moldova in a beutiful way.People celebrate the rebirth of life after the hard winter.Men offer small pendants (martisors) - mostly good luck symbols to the ladies (and viceversa). The martisors have a red and white thread attached to them symbolizing the meeting of the cold...

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  • Moldovans and Russians are...

    Moldovans and Russians are different. They are VERY different. There are good things about both. You should learn to appriciate both.The Moldovans are of Romanian decent thusly being Latin in orgin.The Russians are a mixture of Ukrainian and True High Russian blood. They are of Slavic orgin.

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