Easter - the most important celebration of the Romanian people
It is preceded by numerous preparations and rituals
- April 08, 2018 21:00
- Monika Dimitrova
It’s a must for the people to have a clean house and have all the ritual foods ready. This is why the cleaning starts on Great Thursday. Men, who are usually working in the field or at the forest, will remain home starting with this day and will take out the thrash, fix the fence, cut wood, bring water. Women are the ones that paint and decorate the eggs and generally clean the house. Because it’s a good thing to have a new piece of clothing on the Easter, girls and young wives start to sew shirts for them and also for their parents, brothers, husbands or children, with about two weeks in advance.
The eggs are painted starting with Thursday. Initially the only accepted color was red, but in time other colors were also applied – yellow, green, blue and even black. In the villages the paint is still obtained from plants. According to the Romanian tradition, if on Saturday before the Easter you place an egg (on which you have drawn something every day) on a garbage dump, you’ll see an animal (usually a dog) trying to take that egg. You shouldn’t let it take it, as it will return for it and grant you any wish you have.
Source: Folk Romania
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