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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The name of this day (Romanian: “Miercuri”) comes from the Latin “Mercuri Dies”, meaning “Mercury’s Day”.

St. Wednesday is an old woman, whose husband died when she was young. For this reason, she talks a lot, gets angry easily, but she calms quickly. Her house is situated in the Western side of the ... [Read more]

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Traditional Masks


The traditional masks are ancient remains of the collective memory. Masks were used in the fertility rituals, rain calling rituals, hunting rituals or in ritual dances. They represent characters from folk mythology.

The mask games are played in specific moments of the year ...

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The month of July in the Romanian tradition

The old name of July is “cuptor” (meaning “oven” in Romanian language). This is due to the high temperatures of this month, but also because now is the time when the crops are harvested.

The celebrations of this month are:

  • July 1st: Cosmandinul (Saints Cosma and Damian); Ana Foca
  • July 8th: St. Pricopie; The celebration of the wolf
  • July 15th: Ciurica
  • July 16th-18th: The Summer “Circovi”; St. Marina (July 17th)
  • July 20th: St. Ilie (Sanilie)
  • July 21th: Ilie Palie
  • July 22th: Foca
  • July 27th: St. Ilie the Little; St. Pantelimon (Pintilie the Traveller)
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