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Romanian winter traditions

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  • 1. By Teslaru Stefan
  • 2. Christmas traditions On the first day of Christmas , many carolers walk through the streets , holding a star made of cardboard and paper, with biblical scenes painted on it . Tradition in Romania requires that children go from house to house , singing carols and reciting poems and legends, throughout the Christmas. The leader carries with him a wooden star , covered with foil and decorated with bells and colored ribbons.
  • 3. Christian carols Carol’s tradition embedded in it not only the song and ritual gesture, but numerous messages and symbols of an ancient Romanian spirituality. He is sometimes held in association with the celebration of the biggest Christian event which is the birth of our lord Jesus Christ. On Christmas Eve, at dusk, in all villages in the country, carols begins. Children with star herald Christmas, and are greeted with joy by hosts rewarding them with apples, nuts and coils. Advent is over and everyone can enjoy the food ritual: preparations of pork, cabbage rolls, coils and cakes, cookies and wine.
  • 4. Decorating the Christmas Tree Every year, starting on December 6, starts the winter season. In Brasov, every winter was installed a huge tree that was decorated by the authorities. This tree is the main attraction during the holidays, thanks to its huge measurements, but also because decorations.
  • 5. Decorating classrooms Our high school has a tradition around the holidays. This tradition is to decorate classrooms, as a contest, and what is very important, all classes are involved, and the result is amazing. Students show incredible creativity and teamwork. At the end of the contest is declared the winner class that receives as a reward for their efforts, a chocolate cake.
  • 6. Pictures from the contest
  • 7. Cabbage rolls Preparation : Peel onion, cut into small pieces and put to cook in oil.When onion becomes glassy add a teaspoon of paprika and mix . When onion is cooked enough ,add rice and cook about 2 more minutes. Put ground pork in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and stir.
  • 8.  Over this mixture add onion and rice tempered and cooled in advance, stirring mixture until smooth. Stretch leaf on wood, put a tablespoon of filling on the leaf and then wrap the cabbage roll. Put them to boil on medium heat about 2 hours.
  • 9. New Year Eve On December 31, the villagers go from house to house to plow , wishing them a "prosperous new year“. On January 1, children throw wheat above the neighbors threshold , wishing them prosperity and "good seed".
  • 10. New Year’s Eve Traditions Carol “Plugusorul” presents a historical fact myth , about Emperor Trajan which extends to a maximum Dacia’s agriculture , which had to become granary of the Roman Empire. Plow is a general custom, practiced by romanians on the occasion of New Year. (Plugusorul)
  • 11. The annual sacrifice of the pig Today, the sacrificing of the pig is an opportunity to gather the familly. Men stab and cut the pig, then they scorch it with straws raised during the year. After the man make the sign of the cross with a knife on the top of the pig, his wife divides the meat in categories.
  • 12.  The meat is chosen for sausages, for grill, legs are used for jelly and so on. To be eaten with pleasure, everybody must be happy, and cheer with wine around the pig.
  • 13.  Plugusorul as Sorcova is recited from house to house on New Years Eve evening , or until the morning of the first day of the new year. It was practiced by children and adolescents, as now. But it is said that long ago, it was practiced only by adult males. (Sorcova)
  • 14.  “ The Goat “ originally was, of course, a serious ceremony, a religious element. In the agrarian holiday game became a ritual meant to bring fruitfulness the following year, yields success - invoked and evoked by the beans , thrown by the host over the “goats” cortege.