Romania have a lot of traditions. The countryside is the heart and soul of Romania where peasant culture remains a strong force and medieval life prevails, as it does nowhere else in Europe. Maramures is Brigadoon land where the way of life has changed little over the centuries. Many womens still favor traditional dress, meaning white frounced blouses, striped woven panels covering full black skirts, headscarves and "opinci" a sort of leather ballet slipper from which heavy yarn criss-crosses over thick socks. .Maramures is the area to see the art of woodwork. Homes are trimmed in elaborately carved wood, wooden gates and even fences are intricately carved.
The Bran Castle is the Dracula's home. At the edge of the street market adjacent to Bran Castle is a peasant cottage with a window behind which an old woman sits at her loom weaving and watching the passing scene.
Masks are linked to folk festivals held predominantly in Maramures and Moldavia. Typically made from the hides of sheep, goats or cows, the masks are adorned with fabric, hats, pompoms, metallic bits, feathers, beans, straw and animal horns to represent bears and goats, they’re traditionally worn to welcome in the New Year during a couple weeks in December and early January.
Romanian recipes bear the same influences as the rest of Romanian culture. The Turks have brought meatballs (perişoare in a meatball soup), from the Greeks there is musaca, from the Austrians there is the şniţel, and the list could continue. The Romanians share many foods with the Balkan area (in which Turkey was the cultural vehicle), with Central Europe (mostly in the form of German-Austrian dishes introduced through Hungary or by the Saxons in Transyvania and Eastern Europe. Some others are original or can be traced to the Roman or other ancient civilizations. The lack of written sources in Eastern Europe makes impossible to determine today the punctual origin for most of them.
In final, Romania is worth visiting.