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The countries that have two Christmases
Why celebrate only December 25th when you can do January 7th, too? ADULTS take the adage “Christmas comes but once a year” as an excuse to splurge on gifts. For children, it is a warning of the limits of Utopia. The tots would no doubt be angered to learn that in some places it is not true. This year Ukraine recognised December 25th as an official holiday, along with the traditional Orthodox Christmas on January 7th. It thus became the world’s fifth country with two Christmases, joining Belarus, Eritrea, Lebanon and Moldova. The sources of this yuletide surplus lie deep in history. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII approved a reform of the Julian calendar, which dated from 45BC. Many European countries quickly switched over, though others took centuries. Russia only adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, after the Soviets came to power. But the Russian, Serbian and Georgian Orthodox churches stuck with the Julian one, which now runs 13 days late. The atheist Soviet Union did not recognise Christmas as a public holiday. But after its collapse, its successor states had to pick a date. Belarus refused to choose: it endorsed two Christmases after independence in 1991. Moldova picked the Orthodox one, but added December 25th in 2013 as part of its tilt towards the EU. Lebanon, where a shaky peace is underpinned by a policy of celebrating everyone’s religious holidays, has long recognised the Armenian Christmas on January 6th. In Latvia, several attempts to accommodate the Russian Orthodox minority by recognising January 7th have been voted down. Latvians, like turkeys, don’t vote for Christmas. In mostly Orthodox Ukraine, as in Moldova, recognising December 25th is part of a westwards turn. But its celebrations are more frugal than in the West. On Christmas Eve, Ukrainians toss straw under the table to recall Christ’s manger. The traditional meal, called “poor kutia”, consists of 12 meatless dishes (after kutia, a porridge with raisins, honey, nuts and seeds). “Rich kutia”, with meat dishes, follows on Christmas Day. Some Ukrainians see no need for a new celebration when most citizens keep the later date. “I don’t mind that the [Roman] Catholics celebrate it as they always did, but why should we spend money on that?” asks Evgenia, a pensioner from Kiev. Among Ukrainians under 12, the idea of double Christmas probably polls much better. Source:
Proving that even the most visited continents have hidden gems, three countries in Europe made it to the top 10 ‘off the beaten path’ list. But Bhutan was the clear winner, capturing 45.2% of its visitors’ votes for this category, which is nearly double the second-placed, Moldova. (lonelyplanet) 10 FUCKING REASONS TO VISIT MOLDOVA RIGHT NOW 1-10 FUCKING REASONS TO VISIT MOLDOVA RIGHT NOW










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16 things Russians, Moldovans (and most other people from Ex-Soviet countries) do that Americans might find weird
1. Dressing up to go to the store. Dressing up to go to the store.

Imax Tree / Via Russians, especially Russians living in cities, love dressing up. For example, a nice dress and some heels are perfect attire for a casual walk. 2. Sitting down for a minute before heading on a trip. Sitting down for a minute before heading on a trip. Once the suitcase is packed, most Russians will typically pause and sit quietly for a minute before leaving. 3. Making really long and complicated toasts. Making really long and complicated toasts.

New Line Cinema / Via Only the laziest of the laziest of Russians will make a toast of “To health” or something short like that. Seriously. Expect to hear anecdotes and too much reading into them. 4. Telling anecdotes as often as possible.

They might be in the middle of telling a story and then say, with relish, “And, you know, this reminds me of an anecdote…” and then proceed to tell it, even if it’s completely irrelevant. 5. Congratulating one another on getting out of a shower or sauna. Congratulating one another on getting out of a shower or sauna.

NBC / Via They say, “S lyogkim parom!” (Basically, “Congratulations on a light steam.”) 6. Answering “how are you?” honestly and fully. How are you?” in Russian demands an actual answer, not just “Great, thanks!” 7. Not smiling at strangers.

Smiling at people you randomly make eye contact with is not a thing. Smiles are supposed to be genuine, to be shared with friends. 8. Celebrating New Year’s more enthusiastically than Christmas. Celebrating New Year's more enthusiastically than Christmas.

Via The tree is for New Year’s. Presents are for New Year’s. Forget Christmas. New Year’s is THE winter holiday. 9. Constantly rewatching old Soviet cartoons. Constantly rewatching old Soviet cartoons.

Felix Kandel / Via “Nu, Pogodi!” (the Russian version of Tom and Jerry), “Bremenskiye Muzykanty” (The Musicians From Bremen), and “Snezhnaya Koroleva” (The Snow Queen), are among Russia’s favorites. 10. Calling all females “girl”. If you want to call your female waitress, you yell, “girl!” If you want to address a fifty-year-old woman, you can call her “girl.” If you want to address an actual girl, you call her “girl.” Any woman short of a babushka (grandmother) is “girl.” 11. Sitting down at the table for a meal and staying there for hours. When groups of Russians get together for dinner, they will sit down, have dinner, and talk. Then they will talk some more. 12. Always keeping your bags. Always keeping your bags. / Via Seriously, Russians never, ever, ever throw away any bags, just ‘cause you never know when you might need one. 13. Preparing way more food than is necessary for when friends come over. Preparing way more food than is necessary for when friends come over. / Via And most of it will have tons of mayo. 14. Living with their parents. Living with their parents.

Paramount Pictures / Via It is often that an entire Russian family - parents, children, grandparents - will live together in one apartment. 15. Meeting complete strangers and then becoming friends with them immediately. Meeting complete strangers and then becoming friends with them immediately.

Kino International Corp. / Via And then inviting them over for some tea after only 10 minutes of conversation. 16. And never showing up to someone’s house without a gift in hand. And never showing up to someone’s house without a gift in hand.

Via It can be a dessert or a wine if it’s dinner, or it can be chocolates or flowers (so long as it’s not an even number of them). It’s not really important what it is, as long as you bring something. Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova   
Ukrainian Wedding Traditions
Talking here about wedding traditions in Moldova, I consider very important to mention also Ukrainian wedding traditions. First of all because there are many Ukrainians living in Moldova and a lot of weddings held in Moldova are typical Ukrainian weddings. Moreover, traditional Moldovan wedding comprises many elements of Ukrainian, Romanian and other traditional weddings. That is why the ceremonies and traditions of Moldovan and Ukrainian wedding are very common and I am sure, for those who are interested in Moldovan wedding traditions it will be interesting to know more about  Ukrainian ones. Traditional Ukrainian wedding customs are made up of various ceremonial stages sealing the union of the groom and bride. Younger generations are in some cases following Western wedding customs, however, those from more traditional families or couples in villages still observe the wedding customs of Ukraine. A wedding in Ukraine is a solemn occasion involving important religious rituals, but it is also a time of great joy and fun-filled parties. Asking her FatherThe Ukrainian wedding begins with the formal engagement when the groom approaches the bride's parents along with some older married men (starosty) to ask if he may marry her. This is the first and many would say most dangerous marriage tradition. This isn’t simply a man-to-man chat as it is in many parts of Western Europe. In Ukraine this is a very serious business. Not only the bridegroom, but his parents and friends as well all make the journey to the bride’s parents’ house with a beautifully decorated round Ukrainian loaf as a present. A bottle of horilka is presented by the groom and the bride will drape a rushnyky around the starosty. They then exchange a loaf of bread. Luckily for the groom, he does not ask the question himself, but his father and friends do it for him. Usually the bride’s father will ask his daughter whether she wants to marry the man or not, and will give his answer depending on hers. If the answer is yes then both sets of parents discuss the time and place. But if the answer is no then the poor jilted man is traditionally given a pumpkin! The period of engagement may differ but is a minimum of one week. That is how "Rushnyk" looks like:

Before wedding in the villageOn the Thursday or on the Friday before the wedding a korovai bread is baked. The following day the groom and bride along with a friend will carry a shyshka bread through the village to call to their wedding guests. On Friday evening a party is held for the bride to say good-bye. On this night they also make a ritual tree called a hiltse for the wedding table. The civil marriage contract is then signed on the Saturday. If they are to have a religious service, this takes place on Sunday.Traveling to the WeddingUnlike in many other countries, it is not considered back luck here for the groom to see the bride before the wedding ceremony itself. In fact, it is traditional in Ukraine that he picks her up from her parents’ house. The wedding car, no matter how grand or humble, will be barely visible under a plethora of flowers, balloons and ribbons. The groom travels in the wedding car and is usually followed convoy-style by all his friends and family, driving through the streets of the city blasting their horns. Upon arriving at the bride’s residence the horn-tooting becomes a cacophony letting her, her family and her friends know that it is time to go. The bridegroom collects the bride from the house and as they leave together the bride’s mother throws seeds (a symbol of well-being), rose petals (for prosperity and health) and coins (a symbol of financial stability) onto their heads.The Soviet CeremonyThe first part of the marriage proceeding does not take place at the church but at the registry office where the official registration ceremony takes place. This is where the bride and groom will officially become man and wife, whether a church ceremony takes place afterwards or not, so it is a crucial part of the proceedings, and thanks to seventy years of Soviet atheism has become as traditional here as church services are elsewhere in the world. The ceremony begins with a fanfare, and a Ukrainian embroidered towel is spread on the floor for the young couple to stand on. The wedding vows are exchanged at this point, and then the happy couple will be congratulated by both sets of parents.A Crowned and Holy UnionAfter the official registration comes the church ceremony, and it is now that the maid of honour and the best man will be wishing they hadn’t been such good friends with the bride and groom, for it is their duty to hold crowns over the heads of the bride and groom throughout the long service, which can lead to very sore arms! During the ceremony the priest blesses the couple for happiness, health, luck, faithfulness, understanding, love and respect for one another. There is a very strange superstition surrounding the church wedding ceremony: with all the candles around it is considered very bad luck for the future of the marriage if the bride’s dress catches fire! It would of course be tremendously unfortunate for the bride to end up in the burns unit on her wedding day, but that aside it is a frantic time for her mother who is on tenterhooks throughout making sure she and her dress don’t stray too close to a naked flame.  Essential Photo OpportunitiesNow comes the time for the newly married couple to have their photograph taken, and it has become a tradition that this is done using one of the many Kyiv landmarks as a backdrop. Everyone in the wedding party piles back into their cars and heads off to St. Sofia or St Michaels, The Golden Gate or that viking-style boat monument by the river where the wedding photographer captures the joy of the new husband and wife and their friends and family on film.Let’s Get the Party Started!With the hard part now over it’s time to party! The wedding celebration usually takes place in a restaurant or at the home of the bride or groom, but regardless of the location the important thing is to drink, dance and have fun! All the guests bring presents which in Ukraine will be simple things the new family will need to set up home: kitchen utensils, linen, home appliances and the like. There is no stigma in Ukraine to giving money, and many will offer up mafia-style envelopes stuffed with cash. There is usually a meal and then speeches and toasts. After each toast the guests shout, “Gorko! Gorko! Gorko!” which translates somewhat strangely as bitter, but in this context it means everyone wants to see the couple kiss. As some grooms have pointed out, the number of kisses at the wedding celebration often exceeds to the total received throughout the whole dating period. Kissing should continue until the chanting dies down, but the bride and groom should be ready to kiss at any moment. Tongues are not considered essential, but neither are they entirely frowned upon.  The Best Man and the Maid of HonorAfter shouting "Gorko" to the bride and groom, the guests will then shout it at the best man and the maid of honor meaning they now want to see them kiss, which can lead to all sorts of hilarity and alcohol-fueled misbehavior. On one occasion the Best Man did not speak Russian and was completely unaware of this tradition so while the chant rose in volume he innocently continued with his meal. When someone explained what was expected of him, he went a deep shade of red and gave the rather beautiful bridesmaid a peck. Later, however, no doubt fueled by copious amounts of vodka, he kept insisting the guests shout "Gorko" at them again!  The mother-in-lawDuring the celebration the groom must prove his devotion, not only to his new bride but to her mother also. With all the guests as witnesses, he must declare that he will be kind and caring towards his mother-in-law. As a sign of his attention, and a mark of respect, he presents her with a new pair of boots which he then places on her feet.Stealing the BrideAt some point during the proceedings, the bride will inevitably be ‘stolen’ by the guests who then demand a ransom for her safe return. The groom will be asked to pay a few hundred hriyvna for her shoes, and a much larger sum for the bride herself. This in actuality is a rather underhand tactic on the part of the bride, as any money he pays for her goes not to the guests but in her own pocket, and she judges the level of his love for her on the amount of money he is prepared to pay! An additional part of this drawn-out tradition is the drinking of champagne from the bride’s elegant high heeled shoes, which usually takes place when the shoes are returned. Alternatively, instead of simply paying a ransom the groom’s Best Man may well be asked to perform a series of suggestive or embarrassing acts in order to win back the stolen bride.Who Will be the Breadwinner?Who is going to be the most dominant personality in any newly married couple is a question wedding guests everywhere ask themselves, and Ukraine is no different, but here they have even devised a test that takes place on the wedding day. During the party the couple are presented with traditional bread off of which they are each asked to break a chunk, using only their thumb and forefingers. According to tradition the one left holding the larger piece will be the head of the family. While this may seem a piece of idle fun, it often turns out to be true!

From Bride to Wife!The party is coming to a close, and everyone has had a great time, but there is still one last thing to be done: the custom of turning the bride into a wife. The bride and all the young unmarried girls will dance a waltz which signifies that every young woman has a right to love, happiness and a family. The bride then throws her bouquet over her left shoulder and the girl who catches it will be the next to be married. The bride then says a symbolic goodbye to the unmarried girls at which point the bride’s mother presents her with a round loaf and lifts her bridal veil from her face. A traditional Ukrainian kerchief is placed on her head and the young bride has turned into a married woman! The official part of the wedding is now over! Time for the really hard to part to begin… Source:
Wedding in Vadul-lui-Voda
Wedding in Vadul-lui-Voda on summer 2013 Vadul-lui-Voda, Chisinau, Moldova, Villa Drago
Good hotel near Chisinau. Vadul lui Voda, Moldova
If you are looking for a perfect hotel with reasonable prices and perfect service close to Chisinau, then Villa Drago ist just what you need. Villa Drago is located in Vadu-lui-Voda about 30 minutes drive from Chisinau. The location is just perfect - a picturesque forest on  Nistru (Dnestr) river bank. The venue proved to be popular with traditional and contemporary wedding celebrations. The outdoor facilities with large loan pavilion and landscape garden will allow to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings and view on the river Dnester. Being in a perfect location for outdoor dining the restaurant can offer delicious meals from wood barbeque.  Villa Drago is not just a restaurant.  The tourist complex consists of a restaurant lounge hall, an open fireplace restaurant room with large internal terrace, bar area with dancing floor, a swimming pool, barbeque and a boutique hotel with a spacious loft. Modern boutique-hotel of Villa Drago consists of 4 double rooms on suite and a double-level loft, perfectly arranged for private parties and family celebrations. In addition there is a small hostel for travelers: four additional hostel rooms which are currently being refurbished allow to host up to 24 guests.

Hotel with swimming pool and loan for barbeque in Vadul lui Voda, Chisinau, Moldova.

Villa Drago is a good place to spend time in Moldova both in summer and in winter. Direct booking: More details: Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova   
Moldovan wedding traditions (Part 3)

The practice of weddings includes the moments when young people separate from their social groups. Additionally, there is the separation of the bride from her parents which is followed by her joining the bridegroom's family. Lastly, there is the union of the two young people and the integration of the bride into her new family. (Prior to the marriage is the betrothal which is followed by a long process of acceptance towards the prospective couple by the existing group of those who are already married.) The wedding is a performance with well-established rituals. Poetry, song, dance and ceremonial costumes all have a detailed role in the wedding ceremony. This ceremony begins when the spokesman of the bridegroom comes to the bride's home to woo her. During this time, the best men go throughout the village inviting the relative and friends to the wedding. Then, before the closed gates guarded by the bride's relatives, the bridegroom's best man tells a story. It is the story of a young emperor who gathered a great army and went hunting. While hunting, he saw a fairy and sent his warriors to look for her. Following the fairy's trail, they arrive at the bride's house. They have been told that there is a certain flower in the garden. This flower cannot bear fruit because of the unsuitable soil in which it grows. The warriors came to pick the flower and plant it in the young emperor's garden. There, the soil was known to be good and provide the nutrients enabling the flower to bear fruit. The dress and hairdressing of the bride is also important. She wears a ceremonial costume and flowers in her hair. In some parts of Moldova, the bridegroom must pass a test of cleverness. He must solve a series of riddles in order to prove that he is able to be part of the married community. The entrance of the bride into the community of married women is marked by a change of her hair style, and the covering of her head with a scarf. The scarf is a symbol of the married women. This ceremony is also accompanied by a song. Just as for a medieval meal, the wedding meal provides an opportunity for singing, dancing and listening to epic hero songs. Dance forms, especially for the young people, are an essential part of the wedding, as well as the birth ceremonies. One dance, called a "hora" marks the decisive moments of the ceremonial. It is a seal of the marriage contract. The above wedding ceremonials in Moldova last for three days. The final day ends with a "dance of masks." Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova  
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How much do moldovans drink?
Study reveals Moldovans to be the world's biggest drinker, but living in Moldova I would hardly agree with this assumption. Nevertheless, I will post the article about this study.  Citizens of the small, post-Soviet republic of Moldova are the world's biggest drinkers, knocking back the equivalent of more than 18 litres of pure alcohol per year, according to a report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Moldovans drink nearly three times the global average of 6.1 litres per person per year. Much of their consumption was made up by the "unrecorded" drinking of bootleg alcohol, according to the report, which is a study of drinking habits in over 100 countries spanning several decades, up to 2004. Alcohol causes an estimated 2.5 million deaths every year globally, the report estimates, including 320,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 29. Alcohol is the third-leading risk factor for poor health in the world. And drinking accounts for more deaths than either Aids or tuberculosis. The WHO called on governments across the world to do more to combat alcoholism and binge drinking. Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, is one of the poorest countries in Europe. It is split between ethnic Moldovans, who speak a language almost identical to Romanian, and ethnic Russians. The country is a major wine producer, with many people drinking cheap homemade wine, vodka and other spirits. Other post-Soviet nations were also identified as culprits when it comes to drinking. While globally, only 6.2 per cent of male deaths and 1.1 per cent of female deaths were linked to alcohol, among Russian men this rises to a staggering 20 per cent and is one of the main reasons why male life expectancy in Russia hovers around 60. Among Russian women, six per cent of deaths are alcohol related. Countries like Russia and Ukraine have traditionally been big vodka drinkers, but in the 20 years since the collapse of Communism beer has been added into the mix. It was only recently that beer was classified as an alcoholic drink in Russia. Russia has a long history of alcohol problems and mixed attempts to fight them. Mikhail Gorbachev tried to ban vodka sales except for during a short window in the day, which led to him becoming hugely unpopular and to Russians taking to brewing moonshine. Already in recent years, many Russian regions, including Moscow, have banned the sale of spirits during nighttime hours. And the head of the local parliament in the Ulyanovsk region recently suggested banning the sale of alcohol for the whole weekend. Recently, the head of Russia's supreme court said that of the 12,000 murders prosecuted in the country in 2010, 75 per cent of them were carried out under the influence of alcohol. Britain was not that far behind the leaders of the pack, coming in at 13.4 litres of pure alcohol per year, compared with 18.1 litres for Moldovans and 16.5 litres for Czechs, who came in second place. Brits drank more beer than any other kind of alcohol, while Russians drank mostly spirits. The Moldovan intake was made up roughly equally of wine, spirits and beer. While Moldovans drink more than anyone else, the WHO report confirmed that Russia and Ukraine were home to the most "risky" drinking. They were the only two countries to receive the top "five out of five" risk score, which was calculated for each country based on how people drink as well as how much. Mediterranean countries came out as the least risky drinkers of all, despite consuming a large amount of alcohol. Britain was given a three out of five score, meaning that drinking was moderately risky. Heaviest drinking countries Estimated total alcohol consumption per person in litres: Republic of Moldova 18.22 Czech Republic 16.45 Hungary 16.27 Russia 15.76 Ukraine 15.6 Estonia 15.57 Andorra 15.48 Romania 15.3 Slovenia 15.19 Belarus 15.13 UK 13.37 Source: The Independent Read more: How to propose a drink in Russian 
Do You need visa to Moldova?

Here is the list of foreign citizens who don’t need visa for entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova I. The citizens of the following states, the holders of all the types of passports, do not need visas for the entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for a period of stay until 90 days, during six months from the moment of the first entry:     Republic of Austria     Kingdom of Belgium     Republic of Bulgaria     Republic of Cyprus     Kingdom of Denmark     Republic of Estonia     Republic of Finland     Republic of France     Federal Republic of Germany     Hellenic Republic     Ireland     Republic of Italy     Republic Latvia     Republic Lithuania     Luxembourg     Republic of Malta     Republic of Poland     Portuguese Republic     United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland     Czech Republic     Romania     Slovak Republic     Republic of Slovenia     Kingdom of Sweden     Kingdom of Nederland’s     Hungary     Principality of Andorra     Kingdom of Spain     Republic of Croatia     Republic of Azerbaijan     Canada     Swiss Confederation     United States of America     San Marino     Principality of Liechtenstein     Kingdom of Norway     Island     Principality of Monaco     Japan     Holly See     State of Israel     Republic of Armenia     Republic of Belarus     Republic of Kazakhstan     Republic of Kyrgyzstan     Georgia     Ukraine     Russian Federation     Republic of Tajikistan     Republic of Uzbekistan II. The holders of the diplomatic and service passports, who are citizens of the following states do not need visas for the entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for the period up to 90 days during 6 months.     Albania     Montenegro     Bosnia and Herzegovina     Peru     Brazil     Serbia     South Koreea     Republic of Turkey     Macedonia     Vietnam III. The holders of the diplomatic and service passports, who are citizens of the following states do not need visas for the entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for the period up to 30 days:     Popular Republic of China     Islamic Republic of Iran     Turkmenistan IV. The holders of the UN Laissez-Passer passports issued by the UN and its specialized agencies do not need visas for the entry on and exit from the territory of the Republic of Moldova. V. The staff of the diplomatic and consular missions accredited to the Republic of Moldova and the family members thereof, the staff of the permanent missions and the representative offices of the international organizations situated in the Republic of Moldova and the family members thereof, foreign mass-media representatives accredited to the Republic of Moldova and that hold the accreditation cards issued by the MFA, are entitled to enter and leave the territory of the Republic of Moldova without holding a visa during the whole validity period of the accreditation card. VI. The following categories of citizens of Turkmenistan do not need a visa for entry on the territory of the Republic of Moldova:     members of the aircraft crew of the civil aviation, holders of national valid passports, having the required inscription into the general statement (air mission);     members of the crew of the river and maritime ships, holders of valid sailor passports and having the required inscription into the logbook or an extract of it;     railway members, members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains, holders of national valid passports, having the nominal lists, roadmaps, approved for each route;     special couriers, which facilitate the intergovernmental communication, holders of the national valid passports and having the required documents, issued by the competent authorities of the Parts. The foreign citizens who are not indicated above can enter the territory of the Republic of Moldova on the basis of a valid visa. More information on the official web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova here Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova 
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Moldau, ein Land mit interessanter Geschichte und zahlreichen fruchtbaren Weinanbaugebieten, ist eine zu Unrecht wenig bekannte Reisedestination. In diesem osteuropäischen Binnenstaat kann man riesige Klöster erkunden, einheimische Weine verkosten und durch uralte Wälder wandern. Wollen Sie eine perfekte Reise nach Republik Moldau plannen? Suchen Sie einen Übersetzungsdienst, der termingerecht, budgetgerecht und stets auf hohem Qualitätsstandard liefert?  Benötigen Unterstützungen vor Ort während Ihre Dienstreise? Brauchen Sie einen Reiseführer und Dolmetscher in Chisinau?   Wir realisieren für Sie einen qualitativ anspruchsvollen Übersetzungsservice in Moldova für alle Fachrichtungen in kürzester Zeit. Wir bieten professionelle Sprach- und Übersetzungsdienste in der Republik Moldau. Bitte senden Sie uns eine E-Mail an und wir werden gerne Ihnen helfen Dolmetscher, Übersetzer, Reiseführer in Chisinau, Moldau zu finden. Ein Dolmetscher in Moldau gesucht? Wir werden Ihnen gerne sowohl auf einer geschäftlichen als auch auf einer privaten reise nach Moldau unsere dienste anbieten. Übersetzungsdienste in der Republik Moldau Dolmetscher in Moldawien günstig und qualitativ Deutsch - Russisch - Deutsch - Rumänisch
How to propose a drink in Russian and how to say a toast in Moldova (in Moldova, Georgian and Russian traditions).
When you will be invited to the wedding or to the party in Moldova you will most probably become a part of "drinking ceremony" and will hear a lot of toasts. In Moldova, as you know, many people speak both Romanian and Russian languages, so you will probably hear some toasts in Russian and would like to say something on your own. The following article will help you to learn how to do it and to avoid common mistakes the foreigners do when trying to propose a drink in Russian.   First of all and the most important: In Russian, "Na Zdorovie" is not a toast. Vodka or Not, Russians Never Toast Their Drinks with Na ZdorovieNa zdorovie! This snappy expression is arguably the most well-known Russian phrase outside Russia. And still, no matter how much it may surprise you, the phrase Na zdorovie! is not a Russian toast and cannot be used to toast anything at all.Na zdorovie is in fact a very old Russian phrase meaning "You're welcome" or "Enjoy it". Most commonly, it's said by the hostess when the guests praise her culinary skills, but it can be used in response to any words of gratitude, just as we say "You're welcome". If you attempt to toast with Na zdorovie! around native Russians, their reactions will vary from an awkward pause to hearty laughter (at your expense).Incidentally, the name of the new hot St Petersburg restaurant, Na Zdorovie, means exactly that: "Enjoy your meal". Admittedly it creates a lovely play on words, considering most Westerners do believe this phrase to be a toast.Za Vas! -- How to Toast Your Drink in RussianThis is how you can say it if you want to do it right:Zdorovie means "health" in Russian, so naturally there are toasts featuring this word, even though Na zdorovie is not one of them. You can say, Za vashe zdorovie (zah VAH-she zda-ROH-vye) -- "Here's to your health", when you speak to several people or formally address one older or respected person.If you toast one person who is also a friend or relative, you can say informally, Za tvoyo zdorovie (zah tvah-YOH zda-ROH-vye). The shortest and easiest version is simply saying "Za vas!" (zah VAHS) -- "Here's to you!" In any case, the first word should always be "Za" and never (ever, ever) "Na".If Na Zdorovie is not a Russian Toast, Then What is It?The confusion stems from two other Slavic languages: Polish and West Ukrainian. In Polish, indeed, "Na zdrowie!" is a toast meaning "To your health!" Don't forget though that Russian and Polish are two entirely different languages and use different prepositions in order to say the same thing.The West Ukrainian language is very similar to Polish, but many Western Ukrainians are also bilingual Russian speakers. As with many bilingual people, the two languages often get confused in speech, resulting in some funny or ungrammatical expressions. Thus, Western Ukrainians do toast with "Na zdorovie!" in Russian, but only because they confuse the Russian "Za vashe zdorovie" with the same phrase in their own language.No Drink Without a Toast in RussiaRussian traditions demand that every drink is accompanied by a toast. In the Soviet times, this habit was influenced even further by the Caucasian custom where toasting makes an important part of oral culture. As Caucasian wines, especially Georgian ones, were considered the best in the iron-curtain Russia, the Georgian tradition of flowery parable-like toasts made its way into the country.  Usually, they are ad-libbed by the tamada (tah-mah-DAH) - a Georgian toastmaster. Russian parties, too, usually have a tamada - either a hired one or just one of the revelers -- whose responsibility is to make sure the guests have fun: a tamada organizes dances and party games, acts as a party cheerleader, and says toasts.Russian toasts are usually less ornate and more to the point. But, as the Russians say, "Only alcoholics don't toast their drinks". (The most part of this article is from -  Copyright Irene Woodhead - Na Zdorovie: The Truth Behind Russian Toasts and Drinking Customs - How much do Moldovans drink?  Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova  
Traditional popular dance at Moldovan wedding. Joc Moldovenesc
"Joc Moldovenesc" traditional Moldovan dances
In which countries people wear their wedding ring on their right hand and where on the left hand

Where you wear your wedding ring (on what hand and what finger) does on many occasions depend on your geographical location or even religion. Here is an article you may find interesting on wedding ring history. It gives some example of places where the wedding ring is worn on the left and right hand, it also gives some background information on the reasons for it and why we wear wedding rings. Around the world, wearing a wedding ring sets the tone for the commitment of marriage, as it is a public symbol of one’s wedding vows. The traditional practice of exchanging of rings and wearing them on the fourth finger has a history and significance that has changed over thousands of years. Depending on people’s country of residence and religion, they may wear their engagement and wedding rings on the left hand or the right. People wear wedding rings on their left hands in many Western countries, such as the United States, Mexico, Chile, Slovenia, Iran, and European nations including the UK, Italy, and France. In Asian countries, people also tend to wear the band on the left hand. In Northern and Eastern European countries, including Denmark, Norway, Russia, Poland, and Bulgaria, it is more common to wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. In Portugal, Spain, and Greece, this is also the custom. Swedish brides wear unique wedding ring sets of three: the engagement ring, the wedding band, and the ring of motherhood. Traditional Indian practice is to wear the wedding ring on the right hand, because the left hand is considered unclean. However, modern Indians may wear the ring on the left hand to match the custom in countries such as the United States. Orthodox Greeks also wear the wedding ring on the right hand, in accordance with Roman tradition; the word “left” in Latin means “sinister,” whereas the word for right is “dexter,” the root of “dexterity.” In Brazil, the fianc and fiance wear plain bands as engagement rings on their right hands, and upon saying their vows, they switch the rings to the left hand. It is common in Germany and Netherlands to do the opposite: that is, to wear engagement rings on the left hand and wedding rings on the right. In the Jewish tradition, the groom slips the ring on the index finger of the bride because it is the most prominent finger. Today, the bride typically moves the band to her ring finger after the ceremony. Whether one wears engagement and wedding rings on the left hand or right varies by country and religion. However, there are wedding ring sets to suit any tradition, and the customer service staff at My Trio Rings is more than happy to help find the set for you. Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova  
Tips for dating Moldovan women on dating sites
Here I publish the article about how to avoid scammers while dating a woman on dating sites. Here is the source ( Information On Dating Moldovan WomenIf your reading this then you are already aware that Moldova has one of the biggest concentration of beautiful women of any where. If you are either dating a women from Moldova via a dating site or you have met a lady from Moldova on your travels or you think you would like to date a Moldovan but don't know the best way to proceed please read the rest of this page.    Dating women from Moldova on Dating sites    Using dating sites such as Anastasia or Global ladies appear at first to be an attractive proposition to getting to know women from Moldova. Although I don’t entirely condemn these sites, I would like to point out their pitfalls.  Tips for dating Moldovan women    Be realistic about the women's age compared to your's. You will just waist time and money with a ridiculous age gap. Try not to go over a 15 year gap.    You will have more success dating women that have at least one child. There is a lot of good women here on the shelf because quite frankly Moldovan men do not want the responsibility of someone else's child.    If your women is beautiful in her late 20s to early 30s and has no children or hasn't been married, ask yourself WHY? I have met many of these and quite frankly most are either unbearable to be around or they are not right in the head.    Never send money, a good women will never ask you for money.    Remember that your Moldovan women will more than likely be corresponding with many other men. If you like her you really must come and visit at the earliest opportunity. If you wait to long some one will probably beat you to it.    When visiting keep some control of the situation, don't let them book every thing. Try and book your accommodation yourself and have a back up plan such as my contact details if all goes wrong and you are here alone.    Try to find out as much as you can about your Women in Moldova by using someone like my investigation services. This can help you prove she is real and not a Moldova scammer and even by-pass the agency thus saving you money in the long term.    The dating agency itself    You think you are dealing with a large reputable company with morals, but you wouldn't’t be entirely correct. Each country has small sub offices run by locals which can be as corrupt as the country they reside. To put it blunt these people get paid per translation per mail you send and read etc. This system is open for abuse and they will send you random mail from women who have no idea they have written to you. The staff also insists on translating everything even if the recipient speaks perfect English, again adding more costs to you. Please Look for consistency in the writing as you can often tell that it's come from some one else.Mail censoring and altering    They do this is several ways. If you write to a woman they will often change your words to that what they think the woman wants to hear and not what you want to write. They will also write back to you with no input from the woman you wrote to, this again is to squeeze more money from your depleting wallet. Finally they edit out any personal info such as telephone numbers web addresses etc. I am sure if you have a personal web site or the company you work for has a web site you would want your lady friend to see it, but no it will be blocked. As a result you have to keep going through the agency and spending even more money. Please look further down this page if you are interested in getting your moldovan girlfriends private details and beat the system. 

Moldova dating scammers and dating site manipulation    Not all the women advertised on these sites are quite what you think they are. In Moldova particularly they have a policy to try to persuade the women not to say they have a child or children. I have experienced on many occasions that this information has been left out until the man visits the woman. The agency tells the women to do this because it will increase the amount of mail they get and hence the chances of finding a man. These sites also don’t care too much about vetting the women thus letting scammers through the net. I have come across many women who make a living getting gifts and money from western men over these sites. I wont bore you with every trick in the book, but some of the common ones are, they need money because either they or there mother etc is sick, they don’t have a mobile phone to communicate with you, they want to meet you in a neutral country and you send them the money for a ticket and one of the most popular one going around at the moment is that they will come to your country to visit you, they even give a date of travel and the the men then think great and send the money for her travel. Believe me have seen interesting ways of getting money from us men. Remember a good women will never ask you for money because of the fear of scaring you off.    The photographs of women on these sites    Because the agency wants as many men to write as possible they insist the woman has professional photos taken by them. This serves two purposes. It ensures the women can’t use the photos with another agency. It also makes all the women on their site look very beautiful and appealing. I have met some of these women in real life after looking at their profiles on the site and the difference in nearly all cases quite extraordinary to say the least. Many men have traveled long distances only to be a little disappointed when they arrive. I have even delivered flowers to these women for the men they are corresponding with and been in shock when I actually saw them. They often refuse me taking their photo to send back to the person who sent the flowers to their girlfriends in Moldova.    How to by-pass a dating site and get your Moldovan girlfriends address; telephone number    If you are using or intend to use one of these agencies we can help and get your woman's personal contact information here in Moldova. The best way to do this is to write in a mail that you would like to send them something and could you have their address this is often permitted. They let this go because it is very difficult to get home phone numbers unless you are in this country. This is where I come in; from an address I can get the home phone number and could get my wife to ring her on your behalf and pass your personal email address and phone numbers on to them. WE have found the best way to contact the women is to deliver flowers from you. My wife seems to make them comfortable and they tell her all sorts of information and at the same time we get their personal information to report back to you. This is a very good way of finding out if your woman is a scammer and if she is the same as the women you think you are corresponding with. Maybe you just want a photo of where she lives to satisfy your curiosity etc. Any service like this is with complete discretion and will only go as far as you the client wants it. For further information please visit my services site.    Getting in touch with Moldovan women without using a dating site    The best way to do this is to just visit Moldova for a long period of time or just on a regular basis. Moldovans are very friendly and if you get out you soon find you have large number of friends. You soon get introduced to new people and you never know what may happen. You must be a little like a Moldovan man, don't be shy in asking a women on a date, just go for it. You won't get any where waiting for them to make the first move. If you like a waitress or someone who works in a place you have found, keep visiting it and you will soon find out if the lady likes you.    If prefer to build a base of friends before you visit Moldova the best way is to use social networking sites. The best one would be to go on it's like a face book but based in Moldova. You can sign up in English and then just contact people you like. You can meet many people online this way and when you visit you will then have many people to meet. You can also use ICQ and other sites, but is the best way to meet people. Translation and interpretation services in Chisinau and Moldova  
Moldovan documentary requirements for foreigners wishing to marry a Moldovan citizen in Moldova
The Government of Moldova legally recognizes only civil marriage ceremonies that are performed at Registry Office or Village Council in the area where the Moldovan citizen resides. Many couples also choose to hold a religious ceremony after the completion of the civil ceremony. The following documents from the U.S. citizen are needed by the Registry Office to authorize marriage to a Moldovan citizen: Documents required for marriage in Moldova of a US citizen: Certified copy of the birth certificate, authenticated with apostille, plus translation of the birth certificate obtained from a Moldovan Notary Public office. Affidavits (notarized statements) that the American citizen is free to marry, and that the American citizen has no outstanding arrest warrants. These are obtained from the US Embassy in Chisinau during regular business hours; to make an appointment please click here. The U.S. passport must be presented when signing the affidavit. The notarial fee is $50. Prenuptial Certificate (Health Certificate) obtained from a clinic in the Moldovan city/town where your marriage will take place. Proof of termination of any previous marriages, original or certified copy, with a translation in Romanian (i.e. Divorce/Annulment Decree, Death Certificate). All public documents issued or obtained in the U.S. must be authenticated for use in Moldova with an apostille certificate. The apostille certificate must be affixed to the document by a competent U.S. authority. Each state has a competent authority (generally it is the office of the Secretary of State in the state where the document was issued). For additional information and a list of competent authorities, please visit this link. Information from the web-site of US Embassy in Moldova
What is Moldova?
A fun video compilation of comments made by foreigners and Moldovan citizens about Moldova and Moldovan tourism attractions during the 2012 IWCM Winter Bazaar.
Children's dance on Moldovan wedding
These children are 5 years old, but their performance is amazing.
Nunta in Basarabia
And one more song from the movie Nunta in Basarabia
Nunta in Basarabia
A very interesting movie about the wedding in the Republic of Moldova called "Wedding in Basarabia". Worth watching.
Basics of Romanian Language 1
Hier are some basic words in Romanian which may be of use for you once you decide to visit moldavian wedding
More dances on Moldovan wedding
Traditions in Moldova (Part 6 - Winter holydays)
The calendar-based holidays are divided by the four seasons. Winter is designated as the season of rest, gatherings and spiritual expressions. Spring represents the rejuvenation of nature and the beginning of the farming season. It is the season of birth and blooming. Summer is dominated by the busy farming season. Fall is the season of wealth, the harvest and beginning preparations for the long winter ahead.Among all of the religious holidays, Christmas and Easter are the most beloved. The Christmas celebration starts with a six-week fast prior to the holiday. The orthodox fasting pattern excludes from the diet any animal product such as meat, eggs, fish, milk or cheese. The celebration of the Christening of Jesus occurs on January 6--a date commonly considered to be the coldest day of the year.Another important date is December 6, when St. Nicholas brings small gifts to the young children who have polished their shoes and placed them in front of a window in their home. Christmas carols, traditional foods and decorated trees are part of the Christmas traditions. Children start to sing carols during a ceremony in which a white newborn lamb is carried by a child, thus symbolizing religious faith and purity. Three days before Christmas, one may detect a heavy aroma of freshly baked walnut and raisin cakes. Two days prior to the celebration, the main cooking activities begin. Pigs-in-the-blanket and beef salad are two favorite dishes. Christmas Eve is reserved for decorating the tree, to be followed by the Christmas Eve dinner. This dinner is usually celebrated within the family. Christmas carols are sung and Santa is expected to leave presents under the tree; families with small children are likely to receive a visit from Santa in person. Christmas Day is celebrated among friends and family. In Moldova, the Christmas and New Year celebrations become merged, and elements of the Christian faith are blended with hopes for a prosperous New Year. Some of the many traditions or symbols include: the singing of carols as organized by young men or children; the plow; the skin-covered barrel through which a tuft of hair is pulled, thereby imitating a bull's roar; the sheep's skin or the goat dances; the mask plays; the walking of the star; folk theater.Regarding the traditions and symbols listed above, the carol singers arrive during the afternoon of and evening on Christmas Eve. The well-wishers are expected during the afternoon of New Year's Eve--these are groups who extend wishes for a happy life, prosperity and fertility in the coming year. The children, who symbolize purity and hope, usually receive apples, nuts and home-baked bread. The old fertility rite is a poem describing, in a mythical manner, the labors to be performed by the plowman--ranging from seeding to bread making, and including reaping of the harvest.New Year's Eve is one holiday that is celebrated throughout the country. It is an occasion for night-long parties. On this night, the traditional turkey is served. It is believed that no person should spend the night alone, as it is the night when the new year, represented by a baby, is born--and the old year, represented by the tired old man, is replaced. The first day of the new year is celebrated through songs and dances. The songs mostly symbolize the desire for a prosperous new year as characterized by fair weather, good crops, health and happiness. Some of the above traditions also involve the use of masks and costumes. Wheat often appears as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. One particular folk tale suggests that during the New Year's night, the sky opens for an instant. At that moment, God is visible to observers as he oversees all below the heavens.During the long winter nights, young girls and women will gather at a certain house in order to sit together, spin or embroider--as they are known to do with extraordinary talent. In Moldova, however, an important part of the population celebrate the Christmas and the New Year according to the old-style Calendar, therefore one can see a duplication of the holidays, although, Moldovans explain this inevitable luxury of the year as a sign of prosperity.

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