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Western Europeans and Americans may have St Valentine’s day, but traditionally Romania has its own special day for lovers, celebrated on February 24. It’s called Dragobete.

Dragobete was the son of the old lady called Baba Dochia, who marks the return of spring.

On Dragobete, girls and boys dressed in holiday suits usually meet in front of the church and go searching for spring flowers. Then, they sit and talk around the fires lit on the hills in the village. At noon, the girls go back to the village running, each followed by the boy who fell in love with her. If the boy catches the girl he chose, and if the girl likes him, they will kiss in front of everybody. This kiss signals their engagement for one year.

Thanks to romania-insider.com for sharing the information.

If you want to know what I am celebrating tomorrow feel free to return to this page after 10 pm (GMT - UK) when I will post a link to preview tomorrow's celebration puzzle.
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pkin38

That would be so much fun for the young ones ....

monza006

Thanks everyone, we're just off to play tourists now :-)

puzzlejan

Mandy - thank you so much for the romantic info - I never knew about this tradition either, sounds quite fun,
PJ

mipahollo1

Always fitting to celebrate love. Dragobete gets my vote too!

ringleader

They have something great going there. Thanks for searching out the information and the delightful illustrations. Happy Dragobete to you.

buckeye425

Such charming images for a very charming tradition! Thanks Mandy - I learned something about another culture today. :>)

JOSIESCORNER

Barb said it right, Happy Dragobete Dear Mandy, this one gets my vote, what's not to like.ooxx

Elfie

Sweet story, isn't it??!! Thanks so very much Pat!!!

Queenbee2b

What a sweet custom!! Thank you Mandy!! :)

tigress

Happy Dragobete, Mandy! Fun puzzle with fun images, thank you! :-))

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