Romanian culture is unique in nature because of the geographic significance and orientation. It is very diverse, rich in little intricacies and small details that make it rich and colorful. The Romanian culture is a blend of two special combinations. First is the rural figure which takes the form of many creative and traditional things and the second one being the Miorita which is another one of the folk creations that date back to the 18th century. For decades these have been the sources of inspiration for many creative minds, intellectuals and great thinkers. These varying features of Romanian art and folk lore have revolved and evolved from the courts of the princes who seem to take great interest in the activities which revolve around art, poetry and dancing. However the sheer optimism has not been able to hold down and cease the ups and downs that the Romanian culture had to go through in different periods of history. This instability had a positive impact on bringing the Romanian culture into the mainstream, head to head with the European culture.
Romanian culture has been the thriving with time and gained an immense importance in the course of history. Rural communities have played a vital role in keeping it alive. Among the many notable things, the Romanian construction has been solely based on wood. Be it the houses or the windmills, even the gates.
Subsistence culture is still dominant in Romanian communities and these cultural values carry deep rooted meanings for the dwellers of the Romanian community. Among the many famous Romanian traditions and works of art, wood carving, cloth weaving, dancing and folk music carries a lot of significance. Ethnographers have always been in search for any collectibles and valuables that they can gather from the Romanian communities and have been partly successful to excavate a few contemporary pieces as well. Institutes and museums like Romanian academy have been collecting, studying and preserving the artifacts of Romanian origin. The Romanian lifestyle was more on subsistence living side where peasants gave in a big hand to keep the Romanian traditions alive.
Romanians have been producing colorful and creatively produced clothes using linen and wool as the main raw material. Leather goods as jackets and boots and woolen hats were a part of everyday’s attire in winters which used to last longer than summers. Red and blue were the most admired colors and the clothes of the Romanian people are a reflection of that.
The Romanian culture is deeply engraved in the roots of finding contentment, living the life to the fullest. The Romanian lifestyle is most full of what is popularly known as naïve optimism. The Romanians carry a belief that everything in the world is of the purest form and that it should be appreciated and fully enjoyed. Romanians are celebratory people in nature. They have many holidays to celebrate life, death, happiness and sorrow. Romanian music is also one of the mood and celebration elevators. The high pitched party music and the ballads about love, homeland and love for the country touch every Romanian’s heartstrings. There also exist great dance moves that have Hungarian dominancy. Men enjoy a victory dance to celebrate their wins in a joyous manner.
A lot of people are not aware of this but many current existing myths originate from the Romanian culture. These include the vampires and werewolves. Other also exists but are not popularly known around the globe. Folk tales exist as a part of Romanian literature and consists of stories related to the princes and their treatment of their peasants. The Romanian religion is very orthodox and strict to the basics and few of the religious monasteries still exist.
Apart from the Romanian culture in its pure form, the minorities living in the area have also made important contributions in bringing about diversity like Greeks, Turkish and Germans. The Romanian culture is a holistic and rich culture with many small details that make it unique.