Marking the start of the festive season,
Bucharest's Museum of The Romanian Peasant hosts its St Nicholas Fair.
On the night of December 5th, boots are cleaned and carefully polished to be put by the door or on the windowsill to wait for St. Nicholas' (Sfantul Nicolae) visit. He is generous , putting a little present in each boot—usually nuts, tangerines, sweets and small items, like new socks. In some areas a walnut branch or thin twigs with gold, silver, or bronze gilded walnuts are left as a warning that behavior needs to improve.
On the sixth of December, gifts are given to friends, children, and those in need.
It is one of the most important Romanian holidays.
More than 800,000 Romanians celebrate their name day on St. Nicholas day, December 6th. 815,453 persons are named Nicholas or devivations of the name, 530,089 men and 285,364 women, reports the Ministry of Administration.
Over 1000 churches are dedicated to St. Nicholas in Romania, at least 23 are in Bucharest.'
St. Nicholas Center
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