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  1. 1. WEDDINGS Every culture has is one tradition, ritual for the most events of human life:when a child is born, for the wedding and, yes, for the final moments in this world.This moments are magic and every step of the complexe ritual must be done! Yes, we are in XXI century, the world is in accelerate evolution… however, themost part of us respecte the wold traditios, because that is like a connectionbeyond time. Wedding is one of the most interesting family traditions, in all culturesaround the world. It supposes different customs for different people, which canbe of religious, economical, legislative and folklore nature. The Romanian folkrituals are performed in order to bring about happiness, prosperity, socialintegration and fecundity to the young couple. These rituals vary from region toregion, but one of common elements is the popular costumes the bride and thegroom have to wear and which are full of symbolism. In Moldavia, for instance, the wedding traditions are in accordance with thecommon belief thata person who didnt manage to build a home, to raise kids, to diga proper well and to plant a tree has failed in his life. This explains the beauty ofMoldavian houses, the green abundance of vegetation there and the great numberof wells found in that area. One of the typically Moldavian traditions still keptnowadays is that of showing respect and thanksgiving to the parents by a bowinggesture. The traditional wedding is rich in adornment and has also strong moralelements. Apart from that, the party is meant to last until daybreak, and itconsists of having plenty of delicious food and wine, performing traditional dancesand singing songs. Also, as a symbolic gesture, when the party reaches dawn, thebride has to hold a child in her arms, to ensure having a houseful of children.Before passing the threshold of their new home, the two are sprinkled with a grainshower, in that is the symbol of a prosperous life. In Maramures (county in the north of Romania) the wedding has manysymbolic values and several stages that are to be followed as such in order torespect the ancient custom. All in all, the ceremony is quite simple. The first stepis taken when a person of trust from the grooms family goes to the brides houseto propose to the girl.The positive answer usually comes after having asked forthree times, then the proposer and the girl parents talk about the brides dowryand decide together the date of the engagement ceremony. The whole walk to thewedding place and the entire ceremony is based on symbolic elements, way ofdressing, gestures, a certain order of events that needs to be fully respected. The way of dressing naturally plays an important role for the young coupleand their desire to follow the ancient customs. Thus, the bride needs to wear awhite shirt and skirt, with a white apron over it, then a sleeveless woolen coat overit, and a red belt at the waist. The groom simply has to wear the traditional "large
  2. 2. pants", a white shirt made of hemp, and the same sleeveless coat over them.There is also an emotional part to the whole ceremony, especially during the so-called "forgiving moments", when the bride and the groom have to ask forforgiveness from the part of their parents, for possible mistakes theyve madebefore this special occasion. When the groom comes to the girls house to pick herup, he is usually accompanied by the godfather, by another man carrying a flag, andsome more people. There are certain rituals to be performed during the act of proposal, andone of them is performed by the mother-in-law. She washes the cheeks of thegroom and of the bride when the girl comes to her future parents-in-laws house.This is supposed to suggest the fact that the future bride is accepted in her newfamily. Of course, there are some more post-marriage rituals, implying somespecific practices and beliefs. Such is the act performed by the newly-wed womanwhen she has to chop a piece of wood by just one hit with the help of an ax. This isbelieved to ensure an easy birth to the young lady. Another such custom would bethe action of spinning the wool, so that the young bride would be a hostess of goodname and status. These are but a few examples of traditional elements for thissacred ceremonial act. Many are still preserved these days, while others are lostback in history.FOR EVERY NEW FAMILY,A ROMANIEN TRADITIONAL GREETING: (thatmeans, a sustainable, durable, strong house and strong family!)