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Easter greetings in Romanian

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The Romanian word for "Easter" is "Paște".

The Latin etymology "Paschae" caused different forms of the word in other Latin languages: Italian "Pasqua", French "Pâques", Portuguese "Pascoa", Romanian "Paște".

The form "Paște" was considered a singular form in Romanian; the plural form is "Paști".

The most common greeting in Romanian is: "Paște fericit" (Happy Easter)

The expression

"Sărbători fericite" (Happy Holidays)

used with this occasion has a more general meaning.

On Easter's days, Romanians use the expression

"Hristos a înviat!" (Christ has risen)

and get the response:

"Adevărat a înviat!" (He has risen indeed)

Did you know that?

In Romanian the word "Paște" is part of a very popular phrase with a different meaning:

"La Paștele cailor" (at the horses' Easter) – it means "Never ever".

The word "Paște" is also part of a plant name: "Paștele calului" ("the horse's Easter").

Mona Moldoveanu Pologea, Ph.D. Linguist

Managing Director ROLANG School