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In Romania there are many unique local traditions. The goat dance is one of the customs. In the former times the goat was considered an animal capable of telling a good or bad weather. Originally “the goat dance” (killing, mourning, the funeral and revival) was a rather moody and serious ceremony. Over time this tradition became a ritual, which was supposed to bring prosperity in the upcoming year. Today “the goat dance” is an occasion for cultivating traditions from ancient times and joyful celebrating in traditional colorful costumes worn out especially for this occasion.

The spring celebration
On march 1st people of Romania are celebrating Spring with what they call the Martisor. The symbol of this celebration is a kind of bow, or more specifically a kotylion, made out of colorful, white and red wool. On this day gentlemen are gifting both familiar and unfamiliar ladies with tiny mascots made out of jewelry, metalwork, ceramics or porcelain. However, each mascot also has a special, magic string. The tradition of the spring celebration dates back to the Dacia nation. This celebration symbolizes happiness and enjoying the “new life”.

The dead people
In Romania people don’t celebrate the Day of the Dead, but that doesn’t mean they don’t mention the people that passed away. Each family chooses the date of commemorating the dead family member and on that day they gather in the temple for a devotion. After the 3-hour devotion they go to the cemetery, to light the candle and the blessed foods to the family or accidental people.

In the summer in the region of Maramuresz there are special meetings, where young ladies find out what chances they have for getting married. In some of the sevenfold villages such meetings resemble more of a fair, which is followed by big wedding parties, which are mostly organized in the autumn. A person who wants to follow the tradition, should invite speakers, singers, musicians and dancers to the wedding. In some of the settlements at the time of the harvest six dressed up girls sing loudly to chase the evil spirits away from the yields.

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