(If you go to the Opera, she will most likely dress in style, so you’d better suit up!
) Sometimes it is just best to ask, blaming it on your lack of cultural knowledge about Romania – ask her, for example: How should I dress for this restaurant, what would you recommend? This works with every woman, but it will work magic on Romanians.
She might never admit it and always say she loves you with or without flowers (and actually mean it), but try giving her flowers every month or so, and you will see the difference!
Don’t fall into the trap of showering her with too many gifts however, as she will think you’re trying to buy her love.
These are usually Orthodox saint celebrations, and many Romanians are named after saints.
Some people make a big case out of it – similarly to their birthday, even throwing dinner parties – while others are not very keen on celebrating. Make sure you ask from the beginning if her name has a certain meaning and if there is a saint she is named after, and then on your own find out when that saint is celebrated. “ (the Romanian version for Happy Birthday, which is also used to say Happy name day!
) and bring her flowers on that day, even a small gift if you want (really small, perhaps symbolic).
Two name days you will probably learn the hard way – Florii (the Sunday before orthodox Easter) is the name day for anyone named Florin (male name), Florina, Florentina, Florenta, Flora (women names), and anyone with flower names.
For example, Brandusa is a flower name and it means ‘Meadow saffron’, so women named Brandusa will celebrate their name day on Florii.Romanian women are very proud that way, so always make sure you keep a balance, and read the signs she sends you.As a foreigner, you might be overwhelmed by the many name days in Romania.This will tell her you’re not only interested in your looks, but interested in her opinion and in looking great together as a couple. If she doesn’t like to dress up, try to find a style which is close to hers, without imitating it. As they like to dress up (see point above), they also want to know they’ve impressed you, and potentially everyone else to.Ideally, you should really be impressed, and tell the truth when complimenting her. Romanians have a tendency to see conspiracies around them sometimes, so if the compliment sounds too good, or fake, she will figure it out quite rapidly, and add another negative point to your book.
Most Romanians usually speak one or more foreign languages, so chances are high the woman you like speaks at least English.