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Thursday, 18 December 2014
The name of this day (Romanian: “Joi”) comes from the Latin “Jovis Dies”, meaning “Jupiter’s Day”.

St. Thursday is an old woman who punishes the bad lazy people (especially women), but she is kind to the good and hardworking people. Her house is situated in the Eastern side of the Earth.

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The textiles, manufactured in the own household, have a very important role in the traditional house – they are the most important decorative elements. Placed on the walls, on the furniture, on the “culme” or at the gilder, they have various styles, characteristic for each ethnographical region.

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The month of December in the Romanian tradition

The old name of December is “Undrea”. This comes from St. Andrew’s celebration (November 30th), which announces the beginning of the month. In the old language, “Andrew” (Romanian: Andrei) became in time “Andrea” and then “Undrea”.

Naming a month of the year after a feast of the previous month reminds of an ancient cycle of celebrations from the end of the autumn and the beginning of the winter, when the Dacian New Year was probably celebrated.

December is the month of snow, when the peasants’ economic activity reduces, leaving the place for the ritual and spiritual preparations.

The celebrations of this month are:

  • December 4: St. Varvara
  • December 4-5: “Bubat” Days
  • December 6: St. Nicholas
  • December 12: St. Spiridon
  • December 20: the “Ignat”
  • December 24: Christmas Eve
  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 27: St. Stephan
  • December 31 / January 1: St. Vasile’s Eve, New Year night

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