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Fusion of Christmas traditions in Romania

Fusion of Christmas traditions in Romania

La Habana, 3 ene (Prensa Latina) The fusion of traditions characterizes Christmas celebrations in Romania, where the “colinde”,a medieval musical piece, also serves to unite the country’s inhabitants.
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On the eve ofDecember 24 musicians go from house to house to sing and share the table, dressed in masks and costumes that represent demons and animals important to that culture. Such practices occur, above all, in rural areas, where goats and bears and sacred. The sound of cowbells and other musical instruments scare away the “bad spirits” and entertain the popular festivities.

Young single mentours the Jiu Valley in the West, carrying batons decorated with multicolored ribbons and claim the area and their belonging to the community.

Further south, in the region of Oltenia, children are the actors, who upon arriving at a home are welcome with fireplaces that remind you of the purifying power of fire, an element linked to the winter solstice.

On the streets, theater stages mix biblical contents with stories and characters in their own society.

Different animals are the festivity’s protagonists and characters, such as the priest or the doctor, are the target of criticism and irony.

Not even Covid-19, a disease that infected in Romania nearly 1.8 million, was able to spoil the Christmas spirit and their wish that next year will bring prosperity and happiness.

All this celebration occurs in full winter, when the Carpathiansare filled with snow and it’s possible to find roads that lead to the mythical castle of Count Dracula, the Poenari, located in the heart of the more than 800-meter-high mountainous system.

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