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Jan.
14
2009

Christmas in Vilanova i la Geltru

Posted by: Mireia Ripoll

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In our school all students participate in decorating their classrooms, taking part in different activities, such as Christmas plays, helping out to organise Xmas for the younger students of our school: for example the visit of the Three Wise Men, the Catalan tradition of Caga Tió, which is a log which is given food by the kids and the day before Xmas the Caga Tió "supplies" resents for the youngest students

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Jan.
10
2009

Christmas habits- Caroling

Posted by: Bota Emilia

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Romanians today celebrate Christmas on the 25 th of December. It has the richest and most complex ritual structure, attracting people of almost any age, sex and social standing. Traditionally, within a 24-hour interval (Dec.24-25) children and adults go carolling, bearing the star, or Morning Star, and representing the popular drama of Jesus' Birth (Vicleim), of The Three Wise Men (Irozii). The whole community takes part in the celebrations. In our opinion, carolling is the most important and, at the same time, the oldest and best structured ritual. From the Latin term calendae, we have colinda and calendar in Romanian....

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Jan.
08
2009

My students

Posted by: Bota Emilia

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At Christmas festivity

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Jan.
08
2009

"Goat" custom

Posted by: Bota Emilia

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                                                             "Goat" custom
This custom meets,usually,between Christmas and New Year.Masks that evoke the Vicleim biblical characters are here inhabited by a single animal mask, whose name varies from one region to another: deer in Hunedoara, goat or "turca" in Moldova and Ardeal, ox in South of Transilvania.In Muntenia and Oltenia,goat is also called "brezaia" (because of the unussual look) and the custom is used on the New Year Night."Goat" is made out of a short wood,in a 'goat head' shape covered in red paper. With l0-20 days before Christmas, they prepared goat head,a mask ; girls decorated the goat,in...

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Jan.
08
2009

Goat dance

Posted by: Bota Emilia

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.....at our Christmas festivity

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Jan.
08
2009

Group of carolers

Posted by: Bota Emilia

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There are some of  my students,singing carols (and I, in the middle of them)

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Jan.
08
2009

Customs from Romania

Posted by: Bota Emilia

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                                                          Drummers band

                                      

Village's young unmarried men get organized in the drummers band. If it's a large village they group in more then one band. Their goal is to give people the good news. The baby Jesus was born. They choose a band's head and gather together at his house 4 weeks before Christmas to prepare for their Christmas Eve performance.First, Drummers' band (dubasi) members decide the tasks for each of them. They must have a head (called "vataf "), one mare (who collect all gifts they receive and...

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Jan.
05
2009

Christmas in Romania

Posted by: Tuchiac Maricela

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Carols form an important part of theRomanian folklore. Romanian carols are not simple songs (a sort ofinvocation in verse sung by children and lads, on the evening ofWinters Holidays) with religions origin, but wide windows through whichwe are allowed once in a year to go by the immaculate snow-towards theevergreen Heaven and to eye-touch God at least for an instant , inorder to give us the power to surpass the life's obstacles. Carols putpeople in the mood for a perfect communion with the simple and healinggreatness of Jesus' Birth. The carol singers walk in the streets of thevillages...

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