Moldova - Encounter Culture Country Spotlight

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moldovaOur featured country this month is Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova. It is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe situated between Ukraine and Romania, and very close to the Black Sea.  It is considered a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. The climate is moderate winters and warm summers.

One of AAG’s very own Outreach Coordinators Mariana is from Moldova and had this to say:

Moldova is a small and relatively unknown country in Eastern Europe. Sandwiched between two of its more recognized neighbors, Romania and Ukraine, Moldova was formed in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Famous throughout Europe for its delicious wines, food and hardworking people. While not known to most of the world, Moldovans, such as myself, take a lot of pride in being from such a small, mysterious country. We value family, independence and hard work and we always welcome visitors with open arms. To me, this is what it means to be Moldovan.

This country is known for its agriculture and wine industry, fields of sunflowers, enormous watermelons, traditional ceramics of embossed decor and very friendly people.

moldovan field of sunflowers

The cultural heritage is rich with customs and traditions. Some of their most eloquent traditions are surrounding engagements, wedding ceremonies and baptisms. An authentic wedding must include national music and dances. This video captures a traditional Moldovan Wedding Dance. The video is full of brightly colored traditional attire, several time-honored dance techniques, joyful people and energy!

Traditional Moldovan Wedding Dance

The cuisine here mainly consists of traditional European foods. One of the best known dishes is an mămăligă (porridge). This is a staple bread-like food which is served on every Moldovan table. And the Moldovan table would not be complete without wine. They are commonly used for cooking national dishes and complement most every meal. Want the recipe for mămăligă? Click here: mămăligă

moldovan mămăligă

Grape growing and wine making in this region began 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. Interest in learning more about this region’s wine: http://www.moldovawineguild.md/

flagOther key facts:

  • Language: Modovan/Romanian
    (Russian is widely used)
  • Currency: Leu
  • Capital: Chişinău
  • Religion: Eastern Orthodox
  • Population: 3.56 million
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