The winter traditions For all of us, winter is not only snow and cold weather, but also that of joyoccasioned by so many times and customs related to the celebration of Jesusbirth. Holidays and folk customs are grouped around the winter solstice. (20dec. - 7 Jan.) A well-known habit is "cuting the pig". The pig is cut for the Ignat, onDecember 20. The animal is sacrificed on this day substitute the God who diesand is reborn , with time, at the winter solstice.
That day we are preparing traditional dishes for Christmas: sausage, blackpudding, scrambled, pudding, bacon or ham. Same time we chop the meat forsarmale and we cut the pulp for steak.
A well known is usually maching the Christmas tree. The tree isevergreen and symbolize life. The first signs of Christmas celebrations are groups of singers, which startfrom house to house with a spacious shoulder bag, hosts wishing to happiness,health and prosperity.
These carols are popular creations containing special messages (religiousor satire of hosts). Carol proclaiming the birth of the Lord, wish health andhappiness hosts, receiving for these wishes cake, cookies, pretzels, nuts, applesand even coils prepared by the housewives before. Since the night of 23 to 24 December, from midnight until dawn on thestreets resounds the voice of small villages singers. Since Ignatius, there customary to walk with the goat, bear. These are
games with masks. Game "goat" (killing,crying, resurrection) has become aritual meant to bring fruitfulness the following year, growth in animals, harvestsuccess. Like the "goat" is the walk with the "bear" that follows fertilization andsoil and household cleaning.
"The star" is a carol wants to remember the star that announced the birthof Jesus and ho guided the mags. New Years Eve, groups of children go from house to house to wish,bearing whips of the punch, Owl (musical instrument) bells. Sorcova is thecustom according to which the morning of Jan.first children, and adults, go and
symbolic throw beans, wheat and rice in the house and the people in the houses.