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Useful Tidbits

  • The most important non-religious national holidays are 27 August — Independence Day and 31 August — Romanian Language Day.
  • Romanian and Russian are Moldova’s most-spoken languages. Although more young people are learning English and French, it’s a good idea to bring a Romanian – or Russian-language dictionary with you, especially outside Chisinau.
  • People on the street usually don’t smile at strangers. But Moldovans are friendly and hospitable once they get to know you. If they consider you a guest, they will open their door wide, sit you down for a feast, pour you their best wines, and — if you’re not careful — leave you with a three-day buzz.
  • The vast majority of Moldovans are people of faith. About 86 percent are Christian, according to the latest survey.
  • Moldova has two religious calendars — the New and Old Orthodox, with New Orthodox observances coming a week or so earlier than the Old Orthodox ones. As you can guess, the Orthodox Church follows the old calendar and non-Orthodox denominations the new one. A new twist since independence is that many Moldovans observe both calendars’ holidays. This means celebrating two Christmases and two New Year’s — not a bad deal.
  • Moldovans expect guests coming to their homes to bring gifts. Sweets or bottles of wine are good choices — but almost anything thoughtful will be appreciated.