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  • 1. TRADITIONSINROMANIA

2. In rural Romania you can experience a way of life which vanished from thewest nearly a century ago. Traditional occupations such as shepherding,weaving and carpentry are still very much alive in its attractive little villages,where painting icons on glass and colouring eggs provide an attractivecontrast to 21st century activities.You can see much that you cannot easilyexperience elsewhere: ploughing with horses, cutting hay with a scythe,milking a cow, making a horseshoe by hand at the forge. Food in ruralTransylvania is frequently organic and, surprisingly to the Western visitor,full of flavour 3. Romanian folklore is probably the most varied and traditional in the whole ofEurope, so many experts say. You will be captivated by the beauty of theregional costumes which you may see passing through villages near Sibiu,in the Apuseni Mountains or Maramures, Bucovina. Transylvanian folk music and dancing is well known abroad. The Doina, adistinctively ballad, gives expression to a wide variety of feelings whereasdances like Invartita or Fecioresti demand great virtuosity. 4. Romanians are said to be one of the most welcoming and friendliest peoplein the world. When you first meet them, you may find them formal byWestern standards. This may take the form of old-fashioned behaviour suchas a man kissing a womans hand when they meet. Men usually greet eachother with a hand shake and it is not unusual for friends, both men andwomen, to kiss on both cheeks. In rural areas, it is usual to greet peopleindividually and even to greet strangers! Traditionally, first names are usedonly by friends and relatives and by adults when they are addressingchildren. 5. It is likely that you will be offered a glass of palinca and a four meal dinnerregardless of the time of day. If you do not want to drink it, or the foodserved is overwhelming, however, refuse politely. You may find that yourhost insists that you accept. This is a traditional offer purely out of friendshipand courtesy and a polite refusal will be accepted. Sociable, interested inopen and pragmatic ideas, it is easy to find something to talk about withRomanian people. Current events are very popular and sport is a popularinterest. Politics and Romanian history are acceptable topics among oldermen and will be hotly debated by them. People will most certainly talk aboutCeausescu and communism and many of them will have amazing stories totell. Romanians are, cheerful, happy people, always ready for guests andcelebration. Any shyness will quickly change if you are friendly andinterested. You will be surprised at the ability of many Romanians to speakother languages, including English. Should you be invited to the home of aRomanian, you may find that you are the guest of honour or at least thecentre of attention. Hosts appreciate it when a dinner guest brings flowers oranother gift. Make sure that you stay for a few hours, talk to everyonepresent and eat as much as you can! 6. The Wedding in Maramures It is a simple ceremony. A friend of the groom goes to the brideto ask her in marriage on the grooms behalf. Most of time hegets an affirmative answer only the third time. The girls dowryis discussed and the date of the engagement is set. A greatdeal of attention is for details in dressing and arranging of thetable .There are also rituals preceding the wedding. For example ,on the night before ( called the flag evening ) the flagman ,accompanied by a group of lads and musicians goes to thegrooms house with the flag. Here they start dancing a certainritual flag dance . 7. The Baptizing ceremony The babies are baptized one month after they are born. It is a ritualfor the little child to become a member of the Church. Theceremony consists in introducing the new born in holy water threetimes , as a symbol of his rebirth. The people who bring the child tobe baptized and take care of him during the ceremony are hisgodparents. They become spiritual parents for the baby and lookafter their godchild for the rest of their lives. The godparents are responsible for bringing the objectsnecessary for the ceremony : candles , clothes , flowers , a piece ofwhite cloth , money and a cross to protect the child. 8. Christmas Carols These are popular songs that talk about God, Jesus and Marry.They are old creations that everybody likes to hear .The first who come are the children.Then during the night , the adults form groups and visit each house .Every person in the village must allow the groups to come into theirhouses ,because they are blessed with Christmas greetings.The visitors receive gifts , such as : apples , nuts , cakes and money. 9. By Bucharest and Buzu teams