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[19 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Traditional dances for winter holidays in Neamt County

The dance of the “goat” is a ritual that is meant to bring good luck in the following year and many new animals to shepherds. The “goat” is a masked man with a large costume and a stick with a carved head that resembles a goat head. The lower jaw is free so the dancer can move it, hence a specific sound of clap-clap. Around the “goat” there are also different singers and other masked men.
Another custom is to walk with the “bear”. This is a geto-dac custom that is …

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[24 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]
Neamt County cradle of old traditions and customs

The old traditions are still kept alive in Neamt County and the creations of the local artisans are proof of this. They manage to create true popular art objects that once were part of the daily tasks but now are just simple decorative objects.
The wood working craft is interesting through the variety of techniques used in creating the objects and the importance that these objects had in a traditional house. Weaving has also a special place in our traditions and that is why many weaved objects were used to decorate …

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[18 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
Traditions and legends at the beginning of spring

In Neamt County the beginning of spring is full of traditions and legends that are still kept through time. Between March 1 and 9 there is a very old tradition that states that each person should chose one of these days and say “asta-I Baba mea” (“this is my Elder lady”). The idea is to pick a day and see how your entire year will be.
The first 9 days of spring also called “the days of the elder ladies” bring with them unstable weather. This tradition is related to Dochia …

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[18 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Winter customs and traditions in Neamt County

December is a month full of religious events, customs and local traditions specific to winter time and the passing of the years. In Neamt County these traditions are still kept alive and they mark not only Christmas but also the New Year’s Eve when rituals of dances and songs celebrate these special moments.
Carols represent the essence of the Orthodox spirituality and of the Romanian people. These songs are played in association with theatrical plays that depict the actual lyrics. Those that sing carols, traditionally are rewarded with nuts, apples and …

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[24 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Weaving a craft preserved and promoted in Neamt County

Weaving is one of the oldest of crafts in Romania and is still practiced even today in some areas from Neamt County. The women from this area were very careful to the objects that “dressed” the interior of the traditional house. These weaved objects represented the legacy of each family, the social status and were also a proof of the craft of the housekeeper.
Creating these weaves was a traditional task for women during winter. In time this craft produced a wide variety of weaved objects that were beautifully decorated with …

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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Traditions and customs in Neamt County

Traditions and customs were transmitted from one generation to another and were strictly respected as a symbol of unity in the community. The main traditions were related to religion and each village had its own ways of celebrating the main holidays. There are few categories in which we can put different customs and traditions.
We have the winter traditions and customs which are known to be cheerful and full of life. Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve was a good opportunity to take part at a series of customs and traditions …