October Traditions in Romania

Posted on 2018-10-01    Category Traditions

Today will talk about the orthodox romanian traditions in Romania. The second month of fall came to Romania today and the people are preparing for the coming of the bad weather.

Saint Potcoava the protector of the married girls.  Saint Potcoava is celebrated on October 1 and is known in the Romanian tradition as the Virgin Mary's Shelter.Traditions on Saint Potcoava Day:• Women pray to this saint to cover their hair with rich hair, so girls are more liking boys, getting married faster. They are not allowed to leave their heads uncovered or to trim their hair, so that their cattle will not get sick, their crops will not be destroyed, nor the house of fire.• If the leaves of the trees turn yellow and fall quickly it is a sign that it will follow a fruitful year.• Also on this day it is fasting for children's health and the young ones fast to have a rich moss and a wedding bride. They put their salty cake under the pillow to dream their beast.• The elders say it is good to remove the icons from the house this day, to go to the field and to shake with aghast.

Saint Parascheva is known to the people as the protector of those who are in trouble and helps the girls to marry.Saint Parascheva was born in the village of Epivat in Thrace, near Constantinople. It was raised with the fear of God in prayer, fasting and mercy. Many times, Parascheva gave her good clothes to the poor.She was beaten by her parents for most of the good deeds she did, but she never gave up her faith in Christ.After her parents died, Saint Paraskeva gave all the inherited wealth from her parents to the poor and retired to the monastery. There he made a harsh life, after the order of the monks. He spent in fasting and prayer until an angel of the Lord told him to let go of the wilderness and return to his homeland.At the age of 25, Saint Parascheva returned to her native village where she spent another two years, then she gave her soul to Christ's hands. After her death her relics have done many miracles, taming the sick.Traditions of Saint Parascheva:• The Day of Saint Paraskeva is a feast, the dead are mentioned, the paste, the wine and the must. It is still post, not working, not washing or sewing. Whoever does not respect this day will be punished with illness and poverty.• In villages, peasants can predict the weather, if on October 14 the weather is beautiful or gloomy, so will be the other holidays over the year.• It is also said that it is good to light a candle on this day to cast out the evil spirits in the house.

The celebration of St. Dumitru is also known in the people as Sanmedra, Samedru or the Miracle Fountain.This was the time of the Dacian Emperors, and Maximilian called St. Demetrius to him. Knowing his wisdom made him a voivod instead of his father. The Emperor learned that the prince Dimitrie was a Christian and commanded him to imprison him in the dungeon, and was stabbed with spears at the command of the Emperor.In some areas, the faithful are honoring Saint Dumitru as the one who gave the people the wine used in Holy Communion.All those who are called Dumitru or Dumitraisi celebrate their name day.Traditions of Saint Dumitru:• Women go to the church, where they have jobs to remember the dead.• On the eve of this holiday, Christians make fire, over which children jump to be healthy all year. Fire also has the purpose of casting out evil spirits and of warming the dead. After the fire is extinguished, a charcoal is thrown into the garden so the plants can get the power to give birth.• Village people are making predictions about winter. In the middle of the sheep sheep, the shepherds stretch their sheepskin and if the sheep who will sit on the coat will have white wool will follow a heavy winter. If the sheep has black wool, the winter will be long and gentle.• Tenderness tundles horses up to three years to have beautiful hair.• It is good that Garlic is already sown by Sanmedru so the coming year will be a tough one.