CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN ROMANIAMERRYCHRISMAS! CRACIUN FERICIT!
•FOR THE ROMANIANS CHRISTMASIS A AN OCCASION OF gREATCElEbRATION. THE wINTERHOlYDAYS bEgIN ON THE 24 TH OFDECEMbER wITH CAROlS ,DECORATION OF THE CHRISTMASTREE AND pREpARATIONS FORCHRISTMAS DINNER ON THE 25 TH .•gROUpS OF All AgES , DRESSEDIN TRADITIONAl COSTUMES, STOpAT EACH HOUSE AND SINgCAROlS. THEY ARE REwARDEDwITH ApplES, NUTS AND SwEETS.THEY COME AT NIgHT AS THIS ISA RITUAl TO wAkE Up THE HOSTSTO ANNOUNCE THE bIRTH OFCHRIST. !
TRADITION SAYS THAT THECHRISTMAS TREE MUST bEDECORATED ON CHRISTMASEvE, DECEMbER 24. ANANgEl OR STAR IS plACEDON TOp OF THE TREE,REpRESENTINg ANgElS ORTHE STAR OF bETHlEHEM .THE CHIlDREN ARE THEONES wHO DECORATE ITSINgINg CAROlS AD HOpINgTHAT SANTA ClAUS wIllbRINg THEM lOTS OF gIFTS!
The RiTual of slaughTeRing Thepig, called “ignaT” ,aRoundchRisTmas, RemembeRs Theanimal sacRifices pRacTiced byThe ancienT people (egypTians,gReeks, Romans) in peRiods ofTRansiTion fRom one yeaR ToanoTheR oR fRom season Toseason. by This sacRifice, Theold dies and a new lifeblossoms, ThaT of The new yeaR.The family paRTicipaTes aT ThissacRifice and pRepaRes allsoRTs of meaT pRoducTs:sausages, ham, and so on.chRisTmas is pReceded by 6weeks duRing which we don’Tconsume animal pRoducTs so ThemeaT will be seRved only afTeRaTTending chRisTmas mass onchRisTmas moRning !
on The moRning of decembeR25Th eveRyone aTTends holymass and Then chRisTmasdinneR . gRadually begin To emeRgeThe childRen wiTh The "sTaR".They pReach ThaT Jesus wasboRn and Talk abouT The ThReemagi. The woRship of The magiand whaT They gave To The holyinfanT geneRaTed The cusTom ofchRisTmas gifTs. This inspiRedsanTa claus as a myThicalchaRacTeR who shaReschRisTmas gifTs To childRen.They find pResenTs undeR ThechRisTmas TRee on chRisTmaseve and aRe Told ThaT sanTacame while They weRe sleeping. The “sTaR” is a song of ThechildRen, They aRe inviTed ineveRy house and given sweeTsoR monney.
The game of The “goaT” is anancienT cusTom,RepResenTaTive oveR cenTuRiesof populaR spiRiTualiTy andTRadiTions belonging To TheRomanian winTeR. iT is kepTToday in mosT RomanianseTTlemenTs, specialy in Thevillages of moldova. iT is amask accompaniedby a noisy gRoup of men wiThmusical insTRumenTs. iT isplayed To bRing good foRTuneand abundance. finally The "goaT "is killed, simbolysingThe yeaR ThaT ends andsymbolically buRied.
“Plugusorul” is an ancientagrarian custom that isPracticed today, esPecially inmoldova. dressed in warmclothes with hats decoratedwith colored ribbons andholding in their hands whiPsand bells, boys and men startto carol relatives andneighbors. some carry withthem a “buhai”, a sPecificmusical instrument made from awooden barrel and sheePskin,through which it is Pulled astrand of horse hair, itProduces a hollow sound,similar of an ox. after thenecessary greetings,housewives reward them withaPPles, Pretzels, nuts ormoney.this is one of the oldesttraditions of the romanianPeoPle.
the masks of moldova gamesare archaic customs,agricultural and Pastoraltradition of thousands ofyears, taking Place on theoccasion of new year.strong, violent,unPredictable and sometimescruel, the bear is a reveredanimal in ancient times,considered as the forestsPirit, a suPreme master ofcosmic energy and a symbolof fecundity.the dance with maskssymbolizes the death andresurrection of nature. thishas the role to banishdemons from houses andhouseholds.
christmas beliefs•in bucovina, on christmas eve Putbread on the table and a glass ofwater, it is believed that the souls ofthe dead come to their homes thatnight, taste the bread and wet themouth with water.•it is believed that at midnight,towards christmas, the water turnsinto wine, and the beasts can talk.•to dream of green wheat in thechristmas eve is a good sign that thecoming year is to be rich.•the carols gained a Precisedestination as a form of good magic,influencing in a Positive way, the livesof PeoPle and nature.•it is believed that the first fourdays, from december 24, corresPond tothe four seasons in order: first day ofsPring , the second is summer, third andfourth autumn and winter showing howthe weather will be next year.