Many foreign visitors are intrigued and fascinated by the traditions and culture, which still exist in the rural areas.
In the Moldavian villages the traditional skills are preserved and handed down from one generation to another, and the typical products are created through these inherited techniques.
Some of these include manufacturing traditional costumes, folk masks, pottery, weaving, and hand made wooden items such as furniture and sculptures.
The rural inhabitants are conservative and religious and they respect the same cultural and seasonal traditions they have followed for hundreds of years.
Of particular interest is observing the rural traditions during Easter, when the whole village comes to church to worship and then to feast (celebrating the end of their fast). In Romania the Easter is a greater celebration than the one of Christmas. The painted eggs are originated from this region being specific to this holiday.
Another point of interest in the Region is the Moldavian cuisine, which has been an inspiration for many Romanian writers. The traditional food, for example 'Harzob' (smoked trout wrapped in pine needles) is best accompanied by the exquisite Moldavian wines of Bucium, Cotnari and Husi.
But every day in one of these villages is fascinating for ones who appreciate the value of seeing people who have a regular working relationship with the natural environment. Village people are also extremely hospitable and visitors can live the feeling as if they have been treated like royalty.
- To see pictures of village life, traditions, landscapes and houses, click here.
- For statistical data for rural areas please visit the Romanian version of this page.