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Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Romanian Royals

Romanian Royals

QUEEN MARIE'S PERFUME English translation of the article Parfumul Reginei Maria in Nr. 404 13-20 March, 2000 Formula AS Magazine Formula AS - Societate Queen Marie's Perfume For years the Hohenzollerns' castle at Sinaia has been invaded by a bizarre violet aroma. Communist authorities took "sturdy" actions against it, but could not contain it. Romanian castles are well-known for their "quietude". They are not haunted, they are not paths for phantoms, like most of the Scottish castles…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: October 27…We Celebrate St. Dimitrie Basarabov….Pr...

October 27…We Celebrate St. Dimitrie Basarabov….Protector of Bucharest

St. Dimitrie Basarabov Born in the XIII Century in the village of Basarab, south of the Danube’s Romanian territory, of a poor family who could not give him a formal education, was forced to earn himself for his basic needs at a very young age. For years, he took the cattle and sheep of the farmers from the village grazing on the hills near the Danube river and the green valleys of the Lom. Life in the woods as a young shepherd offered the young boy the opportunity to admire the beauty of…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Traditions That Remain Vibrant....Pentecost Romani...

Traditions That Remain Vibrant....Pentecost Romanian Rusalii

Pentecost Icon Each year Romanian Orthodox Christians celebrate Pentecost Sunday or Rusalii as it is called in the folk tradition, when The Holy Spirit descends upon Christ’s Apostles. Pentecost Orthodox Icon It lasts for two days and it is always celebrated 50 days after Easter. Linden Flowers On the day of Pentecost, Christians come to church and bring linden flowers or walnut leaves, symbols of the tongues of fire that mark the descent of the Holy Spirit. Blessing of Linden Flowers and…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Epiphany ...Ancient Tradition
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Epiphany ...Ancient Tradition

Brasov Epiphany or Theophany on January 6 and St. John the Baptist on January 7, mark the first week of January for the Romanian people with great reverence and renewal. On these holy days the Romanians go to church to bring home the blessed water, used for curing and purification. In the villages and towns with rivers and streams, young men compete in bringing back to the shore the cross that the village priest throws into the frozen waters. Holy Water It is believed that those who succeed…

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Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Three Days of Christmas...Traditional Feast Dishes...

Three Days of Christmas...Traditional Feast Dishes

Nativity Christ Is Born! Glorify Him! Tradition in Romania requires three days of Christmas celebration...what joy! Celebration of faith, food and rituals that transcends centuries with variations of ingredients and details from region to region. Maramures Carolers Two of my favored areas of the country, Maramures and Ardeal are part of Transylvania, yet each with distinct nuances of flavors, scents and visual delights. One common denominator is the pork meat and traditional smoked products…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Dormition of The Mother of God…..Traditions in Rom...

Dormition of The Mother of God…..Traditions in Romania

Dormition Of The MOG Fresco Should you pass by Curtea de Arges Monastery, situated on the right bank of the Argeş River flowing through the valley of the lower Carpathians (the Făgăraş Mountains) on August 15th, you would be greeted by pilgrims celebrating Dormition of The Mother of God, Virgin Mary. Curtea de Arges Monastery Monastery Mosaic Every year, the day of the Dormition, Monastery Curtea de Arges, dwelling built in the early sixteenth century by ruler Neagoe Basarab, awaits…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Water – Sacred Romanian Ancient Myth

Water – Sacred Romanian Ancient Myth

Water According to the original source, in the beginning, when there was "nothing" - when there is only the possibility or unspecified existence of creation - that nothing has taken the form of a "multitude of waters " swirling in space thus "in the beginning was only water." He is walking on Water Romanian legends tell us that only God and the Devil were traveling on these waters and God, Dumnnezeu trampled over the Devil, Dracul with both superior powers and the truths. Water appears both…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: The Great Blessing of Water…..Theophany

The Great Blessing of Water…..Theophany

Theophany Today the Romanian Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany or also known in old Greek as Theophany. It marks the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and the Lord's baptism by St.John in the Jordan river as well as the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove confirming the truth of His word. On the eve of Epiphany, the villagers prepare a traditional feast similar to the Christmas Eve meal. Until the arrival of the priest to bless the home with Holy Water, or Chiraleisa…

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10 localuri din Bucuresti in care ai voie sa-ti aduci si cainele - Restograf.ro

In multe dintre localurile din Bucuresti este interzis accesul cu animale. Insa, din fericire pentru posesorii de patrupede, exista si exceptii, localuri dog friendly, unde esti binevenit cu tot cu caine. Acest lucru inseamna ca nu mai trebuie sa stai cu grija atunci cand iesi in oras, gandindu-te ce nazbatii mai face catelul ramas singur acasa. Asadar,

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Traditions That Remain Vibrant...Easter Eggs

Traditions That Remain Vibrant...Easter Eggs

Romanian Easter Eggs Easter celebrations in the Romanian tradition is marked by sprucing up of the houses and farms, the special services in the Orthodox Churches but also a wide range of traditional Romanian rituals. Hand Painted Bucovina Eggs On the Romanian table an abundance of red eggs, sweet cakes and roast lamb are always present. Roast Leg Of Lamb The custom of coloring eggs is fortunately still practiced, especially by the Romanians in various styles and colors according to the…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Remembering The Departed...A Tradition That Remain...

Remembering The Departed...A Tradition That Remains Vibrant "Mosii De Iarna"

Offerings For The Departed Every year, on the Saturday before Judgement Sunday, Orthodox Christians in Romania remember the loved ones that passed away. Basket With Offerings According to popular tradition, this celebration is called "Winter’s Elders" or "Saturday of The Dead." Remembering The Departed On this day in church we remember people who have not had a funeral by ordained priests and all departed as well. According to ancient traditions in some areas of the country it is believed…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Traditions That Remain Vibrant...St.Andrew's Night...

Traditions That Remain Vibrant...St.Andrew's Night November 30th

St.Andrew For Romanian people, on the night of St. Andrew, November 30th, the traditions are similar to the American Halloween, accompanied by many rituals and superstitions. According to the ancient folk traditions, tonight the spirits come in the world of living, wolves talk with human voices while people protect themselves from evil using ancient spells and….garlic….yes the wonderful garlic is used in protecting the stables, wreaths are hung inside, bundles of garlic at windows of the…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Art In The Afternoon….Sibiel Glass Icon Museum
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Art In The Afternoon….Sibiel Glass Icon Museum

Village of Sibiel An afternoon September rain has purified the landscape in the region of Sibiu, Transylvania…crisp, wet colors woven in nature’s cloth are guiding the traveler towards a necklace of villages with rich tradition called Marginimea Sibiului, neighboring villages like Tilisca, Vale, Orlat, Saliste and my final destination Sibiel where a jewel of a folk art museum is preserving a very unique collection of Icons Painted on Glass. Village Life The painting of icons on glass is an…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: Celebrating St.Cristina....My Name Day July 24

Celebrating St.Cristina....My Name Day July 24

Summer Meadow Memories of childhood wrap around me each summer on July 24, bowls of sweet cherries, meadows filled with poppies and cornflowers, puffy clouds floating above...bliss in the hills of Saliste, Sibiu village of my youth in Transylvania. Cotton Woven Towel After church, a delightful summer picnic was unwrapped from the wicker basket, laid out on a woven table cloth in the middle of a meadow under a tree for shade. Sibiu Burduf Cheese Fresh yellow bean salad, grilled bacon dripping…

Romanian Gastronomic Voyage: A Star......A Holly Star.....A Herald Of The Birth...

A Star......A Holy Star.....A Herald Of The Birth Of Our Lord

Star Carolers Starting on Christmas Day, the village children begin caroling with The Star... a richly decorated hand made banner to let the world know A Child Is Born! Bucovina Star Carolers Tradition dictates it continues for days until January 6 the day of The Epiphany. The Star of Bethlehem only appears in the Nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew. Old Bucharest Star Carolers The rituals are inspired by the star that guided the three wise men to the manger where they announced the…