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[3 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
The Holy Week – time for a meaningful trip to the monasteries in Neamţ


The Holy Week – time for a meaningful trip to the monasteries in Neamţ
We have entered the Great Week when we celebrate the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time when Christians are more inclined towards faith, praying, fasting and participating in the services of the Orthodox Church. It is also a time when people turn to those who are in need and suffering and try to give them a helping hand. Last but not least, people look retrospectively of their lives and spend these holy days …

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[9 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
The 9th of March – a day of ancient customs and traditions

The Christian Celebration of The 40 Holy Martyrs is the first of a series of religious spring holidays, marked by many customs. According to popular belief, it is said that this day is a line of demarcation between winter and summer, between the capricious days of Dochia and the warm ones of the Old Men.
Tradition also says that Baba Dochia dies and turns into a cliff on the Martyrs’ day. On this day, the Old Men were believed to have been sacrificed and later transformed into ashes on the funeral …

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[2 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
Welcoming spring in Neamt

The tourists who come in Neamt at the end of March or even at the beginning of April will be surprised to see gardens decorated with trinkets (Romanian “mărţişoare”), in some places.
Mărţişor celebration (on March the 1st) is a rooted tradition in Neamț. The custom is more than 2000 years old.
The trinkets, which are considered a herlad of spring, usually consist of a tiny adornment tied with a red and white entwined string. The Moldavian ethnographers tell that the trinkets used to be offerd to young fellows by young unmarried …

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[31 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Neamţ area folk art

No other occupation has ever built a greater social and spiritual bond like traditional weaving during winter. Even Ion Creangă, the storyteller, would engage as a child in such activities that he later recollected how “looms would rumble all over the village Humuleşti”. In such autonomous working environment, a genuine traditional art developed – the homemade fabric, as each loom worker added personal details, ornaments and colours to the popular model in the village,
The Neamţ area is famous for its wall rugs – the “rose” one in Ghindăoani, the “flower” …

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[12 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Feast of Whitsuntide in tradition of Neamt County

This year, we had at Whitsuntide, again a mini-vacation over three days, between 30th of May to 1st of June.
Whitsuntide, the feast dedicated to the cult of the dead, is taken over from Romans by Dacians. Once they have converted to Christianity, our ancestors celebrated – The Descent of the Holy Spirit – which falls just ten days after Ascension and 50 days after Easter. Over the centuries, the two holidays were merged into one. The feast is celebrated on Sunday. Saturday morning, day called The Big Old Men, are commemorated the dead.
On this …

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[12 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Craftsman Constantin Lungu

Artisan Constantin Lungu, president of the Association of Craftsmen in Neamt County, has the workshop in Humuleşti near Targu Neamt. Specialized in wood carving, he works sticks, sheepfold rods and clubs, hatchets of elderberry wood and hazel wood, some inlaid, some tin-plated at the end of which are carved various images of men depicting shepherds guarding their flocks of sheep. Alongside these, we discover in his workshop beautiful chests, crafted clad in tin foil in which are inlaid traditional symbols, the sun and the cross. Master confesses that realization of such objects …