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Christmas customs in_romania

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  • 1. What are we going to be studying today? December 18, 2013 1
  • 2. Activity 1 1. Watch the following video clip 2. From this, what do you expect this new topic to be? December 18, 2013 2
  • 3. Christmas Customs in Romania December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 3
  • 4. to identify the deeper meaning of Christmas to give examples of Christmas customs in Romania Today we will learn: December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 4
  • 5. In groups, think of as many words/phrases/sentences that you relate to the word CHRISTMAS You have two minutes! December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 5
  • 6. 1. What do Christians believe about Christmas? December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 6
  • 7. Write a paragraph about the Christmas story using the following words: Virgin Mary, Bethlehem, the shepherds, angels, the stable, the Wise Men (Kings), the star, the Son of God December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 7
  • 8.  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Jesus is the Son of God and He is both fully human and fully God.  Jesus came to be a Saviour for humanity.  The birth of Jesus is "good news" for all people. December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 8
  • 9. 2. Christmas customs in Romania December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 9
  • 10. Christmas season  Romanians have many Christmas traditions which are unique to them  Christmas is generally considered the second most important religious Romanian holiday after Easter  The Christmas and holiday season starts officially on November 30, on Saint Andrew's day and ends on January 7, with the celebration of Saint John the Baptist December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 10
  • 11. Spiritual preparation  In Romania, Christmas begins with fasting which takes six weeks (from November 15th to December 24th)  Fasting from foods is intended as spiritual preparation for an experience of deeper communion with God. Fasting and prayer make us more sensitive to God's personal presence December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 11
  • 12. The Christmas lights  On December 5 the Christmas lights are turned on all over the streets  The houses are beautifully decorated, perfectly clean and ready to receive the carol-singers December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 12
  • 13. Christmas tree  The fir tree - as the tree that needs to be decorated before the birth of Jesus - was chosen because it remains green all the year  It symbolizes Christ, forever alive  The custom in Romania is to decorate the tree on Christmas Eve, the 24th of December December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 13
  • 14. Nativity icon On Christmas Eve or the day before, the local priest will come along with a Nativity icon and bless the house, the people living in it and the food December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 14
  • 15. Christmas dinner  Christmas dinner in Romania is a rich, multi-course meal  All the members of the extended family enjoy the feast together December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 15
  • 16. Christmas religious service  On Christmas Day, all the family goes to church to attend the Christmas religious service  They return cheerful to their homes and give alms (food given to the poor) December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 16
  • 17. Gifts  Gift exchanges take place in Romania in the evening of Christmas Eve (as a reminder of God giving the world the greatest gift: His Son)  Romanian children believe that 'Mos Craciun' (the Romanian Santa Claus) is the one who delivers them their presents  In the morning the first who wake up are the children December 18, 2013 to see the presents from Santa under the tree Christmas Customs in Romania 17
  • 18. Carols  The singing of carols is a very important part of Romanian Christmas festivities.  Throughout the Christmas season, little Romanian children (especially those in the villages) visit every house in the town singing carols  The leader of the group carries a large wooden star with an image of the Nativity posted in the centre of the star  This custom wants to remind us of the star which announced the birth of Jesus Christ and guided The Three Kings December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 18
  • 19. In return for such performances, singers receive apples, nuts, traditional cakes ('cozonaci') and sometimes even money from each house December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 19
  • 20.  Many people think that by going from house to house to sing carols (themselves or at least someone from their family) they will be blessed the whole year.  It is also said that if you receive carol singers the year will be rich and the people from the house will be healthy. December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 20
  • 21. Carol-singers in action… December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 21
  • 22. December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 22
  • 23. December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 23
  • 24. Christmas customs Similarities Differences Romania/Ireland Romania/Ireland
  • 25. To conclude…  For many Romanian Orthodox Christians, Christmas is a time of reflection and renewal, of affirming the bonds of friendship and family  Different people from different countries celebrate different Christmas customs depending on their culture  The very core of Christmas is Jesus Christ Himself. Christmas is His Birthday. All customs revolve around Him and should not overshadow The Celebrated One (the customs are not more important than the religious meaning and celebrations) December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 25
  • 26. The Romanian traditional Christmas greeting is: Craciun fericit! (Merry Christmas!) December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 26
  • 27. Before you go, answer these questions... 1. One thing you know now that you did not know before 2. The most important thing you learnt 3. Something that surprised you December 18, 2013 Christmas Customs in Romania 27