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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 …

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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
The local folkloric clothing in Neamt County

The folkloric clothing from Neamt County represents one of the main cultural elements that define the traditional clothes in the entire region of Moldova. The clothing pieces were handmade using traditional methods and decorated with traditional colors and models.
The traditional clothing of women was composed of a head piece called “broboada”, catrinta, a shirt, a belt called “brau”, a vest called “bondita”, footwear called “opinci” and a bag called “traista”. All the clothing pieces were handmade and decorated with floral motives.
Each area had different pieces in the clothing that were …

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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
The wood working art in Neamt County

Starting with the XX century the art of wood working became very important in Neamt County and this lead to the development of several areas in the county where wood working was the main activity. This is the way in which Neamt County became well known for the art pieces made of wood.
Grumazesti area is well known for wood sculpting in hard oak wood. The artisans from this area were making gates, doors, windows, furniture pieces and elements used in the Orthodox churches. Another area famous for its wood working …