Traditional Events May
The traditional customs and ethnic crafts market gathers artisans from all over Romania at the Village Museum in Bucharest. They offer live demonstrations of wood sculpture, carpets’ weaving, pottery, glass manufacture, painting and egg painting. Girls’ reunion on Gaina Mountain represents one of those traditional events that best preserves old customs. The point of interest is represented by the fact that the country-men are dressed in national costumes for the party where unmarried girls from the region come.
Prislop Hora (Romanian round dance) is another Romanian traditional holiday, organized in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains, at Prislop Pass. There, also, the participants bring their national costumes to celebrate the evenings with music and dance inside that mountainous region that connect together three of the Romanian provinces (Transylvania, Moldavia and Maramure?).
Old Bucharest represents a festival that had become an usual holiday of the capital. During the Ima8e fr°m Old Bucharest weekend, the historical part of the city receives concerts and craft markets where one can encounter Festival – 2006 edition people dressed according to XVII or XIX centuries’ fashion.
“From a cultural and a spiritual point of view, Europe becomes complete with all that the Carpatho-Balkans area created and preserved. The place where Zalmoxis, Orpheus and the mysteries from Miorita and Master Manole took shape do not exhaust their creation sources; there, where the death is seen as a wedding, there the sources are intact” said Mircea Eliade.
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The Romanian village between God and Man
The countryside tourism in Romania represents one of the most relevant segments of the national tourism. Romanian customs and traditions, untouched by the process of modernization, have been kept inside the dwelling of the Romanian village for centuries.
The major events in a person’s life (the birth, the marriage and the funeral) become reference moments in the life of the community, as well as, every person feels obliged to participate to the most significant events of the village (Easter, Christmas or the day of the patron of the local church).
Romanian holidays are marked by the profound Christian character of the celebration, as well as by preserving the unique picturesque character of the event, features belonging to a pre-Christian period. This syncretism of traditions and customs from ancient ages put a mark on the spiritual culture of these places. In some rural areas of Romania, the vigil in the nearby of the passed man it is a good opportunity to make fun and good cheer; the rain maker’s dance go before the take out of sacred images, miracle workers, in case of big drought, frightening masks, dances on ancient rhythms announce the birth of Christ. At Sapanta, in North of Romania, is situated the so-called “the joyful graveyard”, which amazes o whole world. The song, the dance is much livelier than anywhere in Europe.