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Armindeni * at Bicaz Chei – climbing the sheep at the sheepfold

12 June 2015 No Comment

IMG_0344_resizeClimbing the sheep up the mountain, at the sheepfold, is a pastoral celebration since Dacian times, which happens in May, with the formation of sheepfolds. It is the time for first milking of the sheep when are registered the rights of each part (shepherds – owners) of the products resulted. However are repaired the old sheepfolds and are organized by the participants, according to tradition, a true pastoral celebration. As known at Bicaz Chei is rooted this ancient celebration that overlapped Armindeni feast dedicated to the god of vegetation, considered the protector of cattle and harvest. The commune has more than 5,000 sheep which will climb for grazing to heights that pass 1200 meters pass. Armindeni is the popular name of the 1st of May, considered early spring, when are put green branches at the gates and windows for galore and luck. Armindeni is the feast of Bicaz Chei. Tradition says that on the eve of the feast, lads bring a leafy branch or a tree from the forest that is put in the gate after it is cleared of branches, close up top and leave there until the bread is made from the summer wheat. The people call this day also “wormwood day” or “day of the drunkards”. Armindeni is celebrated for the fruit of the earth, to not beat hail, against pest, for animal health, with good wine, by healthy people, with green grass feasts, where they eat lamb and cheese and drink red wine with wormwood which changes the blood and protects against diseases.

* popular name of the day of 1st May, considered the beginning of spring.

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