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Do you want to learn more about the festivities and traditions of Moldova? Well, you have plenty to discover in this little country with a big heart! Most customs and events in Moldova revolve around births, weddings and the seasons. Here are 5 of the most interesting:
Martisor – Martisor is Moldova’s way of breathing a big sigh of relief at the end of winter and the chance to welcome springtime. Named after the old term for March, Martisor gives thanks for the strength, good health and renewed energy that spring brings. The main custom is the giving and receiving of a special charm – a two-colored decorative string called Martisor. Representing friendship, it’s worn throughout March and is often tied to a tree when April arrives.
Nunta Moldoveneasca – Moldovan weddings are much more than a simple ceremony and after-party. When a couple gets married in Moldova it’s really time to go wild! The celebrations are immense and sometimes involve hundreds of guests who dance, drink and make merry throughout the day and night. Festivities often take place in the Casa Mare, a family’s living room, and center on one of Moldova’s favorite proverbs: “Those who have not built a house, raised a son, dug a well, and planted a tree, have lived in vain.”
Plugusorul – Winter carols are very important in Moldova, and this is one of the best. Meaning little plow or plow wishing, Plugusorul is a New Year’s folklore ritual that symbolizes the earth’s fertility and the hope of good crops. A group of carol singers, often children but sometimes young single men, go from house to house singing the sweet carol called Plugusor and carrying props including an ornamental plow. It’s a great social occasion!
Sezatorile – When Moldovans get together at someone’s house it’s known as Sezatorile. This social occasion is a lively and exciting knees-up full of singing, chatting, dancing, drinking, fun, and sometimes pottery making and other activities!
Orthodox Easter – This is one of Moldova’s most important festivals for family gatherings. Timed according to the Julian calendar, celebrations are very spiritual and focus on religion. It marks the end of lent so Moldovans consume lots of food including lamb, cheescake, and the famous Easter bread called Pasca. A day called Flowers Sunday takes place on the weekend before Easter.
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