Dragobete, Romanians’ celebration of love

Romanians celebrate love  and the beginning of spring today.

Dragobete is somehow the Romanian traditional equivalent of Valentine’s Day with pagan roots and with different customs in Romanian rural areas that is celebrated each year on February 24.

It comes from Dacian time, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia and is considered the God of Love, a mythological divinity similar to Cupid or Eros.

The most common belief related to this day is that the ones celebrating it will be protected against illness all year long. But also that if you do not celebrate it, you will not get in love this year… Or, lovers who don’t kiss on this day will separate…

So, you know what you have to do 🙂

Although, in Romania, Valentine’s Day is widely spread, more & more you can see a return to origins and young people pay tribute to love on February 24 instead of February 14. Anyway, tribute to love should be paid each day and not only on special days…

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