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January-April 2017

Fluturi și flori pe Muntele Tâmpa
Butterflies and flowers on Tampa Mountain
Die Schmetterlinge und Blumen der Zinne
Pillangók és virágok a Cenken
Biserica "Sf. Nicolae" din Șcheii Brașovului
‘Sf. Nicolae’ Church from Scheii Brasovului quarter
Die "Sf. Nicolae"-Kirche in der Kronstädter Oberen Vorstadt
A porondi Szent Miklós templom
Floriile și Paștile în Transilvania
Palm Sunday and Easter in Transylvania
Palmsonntag und Ostern in Siebenbürgen
Virágvasárnap és húsvét Erdélyben
Paști la Castelul Bran
Easter at the Bran Castle
Ostern in der Törzburg
Húsvét a törcsvári kastélyban
Pe urmele folclorului
On the folklore footsteps
Auf den Spuren der Volkskunst
A folklór nyomában
Portul dăișorean în miniatură
Costumes from Daisoara on a small scale
Die Dăişoara-Tracht in Miniatur
Longodári viselet miniatűrben
Junii Cristianului, ofertă culturală
Juni from Cristian, cultural offer
Junii Cristianului als Kulturangebot
A Junii Cristianului kulturális kínálata
Plugarul, în Țara Făgărașului
‘Plugarul’ (the Ploughman) in Tara Fagarasului region
Der Ackermann im Fogarascher Land
A szántóvető Fogarasföldön
Primăvara, la Feldioara
Spring in Feldioara
Frühjahr in Marienburg
Tavasz Földváron
Ghimbav: Inima cu trei trandafiri
Ghimbav: the three roses heart
Weidenbach: Das Herz mit den drei Rosen
Vidombák: Szív három rózsával
Hărmanul, legendă vie
Harman, a living legend
Honigberg, lebendige Sagen
Szászhermány, élő legendák
Sânpetru și împrejurimile
Sanpetru and its surroundings
Petersberg und seine Umgebung
Szentpéter és környéke


Palm Sunday and Easter in Transylvania



     

     

The most important Christian holiday for the Romanian people, also celebrated by the ethnic groups living in Transylvania, is the Resurrection of Jesus – Easter, the prior holiday being the Palm Sunday, and after the Whit Sunday. This year, Easter is celebrated at the same time by orthodox and catholic Christians, bringing the light at the same time from the Messiah Tomb in the Holy Land. All the Christians dye Easter eggs, keep the traditions of the Easter Lamb and everybody prepares to welcome the Resurrection of Jesus with Lent and faith.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday represents the revival of nature, symbol of the Christian spring. The country side still preserves the customs of girls putting basil under their pillow in the night of Palm Sunday, so that they will be as beautiful as the flowers and loved by boys. There is a habit that people pay attention to this day, since there is a tale saying that the weather on Easter will be the same as the one on Palm Sunday. Those who have monitored this day say that the tale comes true every time. At church, the priest gives away holy willow branches, which the Christians take home for protection against evil. The branches are kept near the icon throughout the year.

Easter eggs

It is enough for one to watch the Easter ceremony in order to understand how solidary the nature is with the Christian mystery, the Crucifixion, with death, with Resurrection. The entire nature rises with the Resurrection of Jesus. The Easter egg, substitute of the primary divinity, is adorned by being dyed and decorated in the Holy Week. In order to play the role of a ritual substitute of the sacred character, the egg is chosen at the middle of the Holy Week, on Wednesday in the middle of the Lent, it is dyed in the Holy Thursday for being killed with a violent stroke to the head and sacramentally eaten in the Easter day. By this ritual scenario, the elderly used to think that time and space die and revive with the divinity.

Easter Lamb

The Easter Lamb is a symbol of purity and sacrifice. Christians eat on Easter different lamb dishes: lamb soup, lamb steak, lamb and spinach, lamb stew, and, of course, lamb haggis.
Both Romanian people and also Hungarians and Germans (Transylvanian Saxons), after going to church for the Easter service, they come back home and strike Easter eggs and eat the dishes especially cooked for the Easter festive dinner. Hungarians and Germans have a custom of going splashing on the second Easter day, a custom that has been also borrowed by Romanians living in Transylvania.






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