No more Valentine’s Day, just Dragobete
Dragobete – How to celebrate love in Romanian style
Dragobete is the Romanian counterpart of St. Valentine. On 24th of February in Romania love and the beginning of spring are celebrated.
Dragobete is a Dacian celebration with pagan roots. Dragobete is a mythological deity like Eros or Cupid. It is said that he was the son of Baba Dochia, the main character in a myth related to spring arrival. This holiday is also known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”, because it is believed that this is the day when birds start building their nests. The day of 24th of February was believed to be the beginning of the farming year, the day when the bear leaves its lair, the beginning of spring.