Romanians celebrate Christmas on December 25th. Pagan themes of life and death are intertwined with Christian Christmas traditions.

While city dwellers no longer fatten a Christmas pig, most Romanians still keep up the tradition of eating pork for Christmas. Other dishes will accompany the main pork dish or be made from pork, and Romanian plum brandy may be served. For dessert, Romanians enjoy a traditional fluffy cake called cozonac. 

Romania also has strong Christmas caroling customs that reference Romanian folklore. The act of going through the village, or from house to house, singing carols dates to pre-Christian times. Today, you'll see mostly children caroling. 

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