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Dragobete, the Romanian Valentine’s Day

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The Romanian equivalent of Valentine’s Day is called Dragobete. It dates back to Dacian times and is celebrated on February 24th.

Dragobete is the equivalent of Cupid, love’s god in Roman mythology, or Eros in Greek mythology. Dragobete, Youth God in Romanian Pantheon, nicknamed Spring Head, is celebrated, depending on the ethnographic area, on one of the days at the end of February or beginning of March.

The legend claims that Dragobete is Dochia’s son. He stands for a positive element, in opposition to Dochia who is the bad mother of the earth, the embodiment of the old year, of winter, according to Geto-Dacian mythology. Dochia is represented as an old woman wearing nine sheepskins that she sheds along the road as she leaves the country.


It is around Dragobete time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. Dragobete customs vary from…

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