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[28 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Diversity and expression in the traditional art from Neamt County

In Neamt County, the ancient symbols of the folkloric art were kept alive although, in time, they lost some of the original meanings. These symbols form an echo of a wealthy spiritual life and also a foundation for the contemporary creation.
The local artisans form Neamt County contributed through their works the local art. The spiritual wealth is found in shapes and artistic styles that over time contributed to the creation of interesting particularities of the area. The traditional objects reveal the taste for beauty and artistic refinement of these traditional …

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[19 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
The significance of traditional masks in Neamt County

In the Romanian popular tradition masks are worn with the occasion of winter holidays. The masks represent a fantastic world that is born from the traditional thinking. The masks personify spirits of the ancestors, real or fantastic animals, vegetation or water spirits. The masks are used in rituals or dances specific to this time of the year.
Masks contribute to the general winter atmosphere and are part of who we are, of our culture and heritage. The masks represent rebirth, fertility, the resurrection of the vegetation or speak about the image …

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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 …