September traditions in Romania

Posted on 2018-09-04    Category Traditions

This is a new post about the september traditions in Romania. The majority of the celebrations and traditions in our country are connected with the religious orthodox celebrations, which are coming from our ancestors and our past.

in September, people organize their occupations according to the success of the seasons, so the autumn harvests are collected.

Ever since antiquity, harvesting was treated with respect and considered a sacred day.

In September, the peasants pick the vineyards and prepare the “must” a delicious juice from grapes, pick the corn, and the housekeepers provide the bunkies with the buns made from the vegetables and fruits in the garden.

The autumn habits on the occasion of the harvest are followed by those for the next year. The agricultural year itself ends at St. Demetrius, and this end is marked by the Fire of Sâmendru (St. Dumitru) which is specific to the feast. There is a habit of crushing the fire from the fire through the garden and the orchard for the rich fruit on the farther.  Also at St. Dumitru, there are dishes for the remembrance of the dead, like wheat boiled with butter, pretzels, milk, apples, walnuts, musts and tulips, all with lit candles.

As the main holidays of the autumn we can say that on September 8, the Romanians celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin, October 14 Saint Paraschiva, October 26 Saint Demetrius, November 9 St. Nectarios of Enghina and on November 30 St. Andrew who ends the fall calendar.

The Ascension of the Holy Cross is celebrated on September 14th.In the people it is also called the Day of the Cross and is honored by fasting, prayer and feast. It is the oldest and most important Orthodox feast, dedicated to the Holy Cross.The Day of the Cross reminds of a significant moment in the life of the holy Emperors Constantine and Helen. On the eve of a fight, Emperor Constantine had a vision. In the full day, a cross formed of stars appeared in the sky, accompanied by the inscription "By this sign you will overcome." After victory, Emperor Constantine sent his mother, Elena, to discover the cross that the Christ Savior suffered.In Jerusalem, near Golgotha, Empress Elena discovered the cross. Patriarch Macarie raised it to the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. Since then, every year, on 14 September, the Day of the Ascension of the Holy Cross is honored.The faithful consecrate this day to the church with new honey filled with milk and milk. Each ulcer has a red thread and is covered with a coil. All these offerings are given to the needy people for the souls of those who are not.Through some regions of the country, the gathering of the vineyards, the priest sanctifies the vine and the barrels of wine. It is said that next year the farmer will enjoy a rich harvest. In the vineyards there are flames and the podgorenii celebrate the fruit of the new crop with selected dishes, music and drink.In folk tradition, basil leaves and flowers, mint, marjoram and thyme are magical plants and sanctify themselves at the church, and during the ministry they are kept close to the cross.Old people say that if tonight he touches it will be a long autumn. Instead, if a bunch of gaudy crows are gathered, it will fall down.Before the Day of the Cross, it is not good to pick up the calves, because in this case, on the eve of the winter holidays it will be frosty. The Day of the Cross proclaims that the summer is over and the autumn gets its rights.

On 9 September, the faithful celebrate Saints Ioachim and Ana. These are the parents of the Mother of God.Saint Joachim, the son of Bartipar, was of the tribe of Judah, a descendant of King David. Together with his wife Ana, they lived in Nazareth of Galilee. As they advanced, the two saints suffered more and more because of their lack of children despite the prayers.In the Jews, the fact that you did not have children was considered a punishment from God and was a dishonor for the family. Joachim, unable to bear the humiliation, left the flock in the mountains, where he retired and prayed.During this period, Archangel Gabriel visited and advised Joachim to return to Jerusalem. The same Archangel tells Ana that at the return of her husband on the mountain she will give birth to a girl named Mary, and she will be the blessed of all women. It will be full of the Lord's goodness right from birth. The Archangel also told Ana that Mary would be sent to God's service.Full of happiness, Ana goes to meet her husband to thank God together for listening to her prayer.The next day, Joachim the Right went to the temple with gifts and glorified God.Great joy and celebration were made when Ana gave birth.After Mary was three years old, her parents took her to the temple and let her grow up in the care of the virgins there. 

The Birth of the Mother of God is also known in the people under the name of Saint Mary Mica. It is celebrated each year on September 8 both by the Orthodox and Catholic churches. On this day, people remember the religious event of the Virgin Mary's miraculous birth.Saint Mary came from a family, both a king and a priest. His mother, Ana, was the daughter of a priest, and her father, Joachim, came from the tribe of King David.Joachim and Ana were faithful people in God, living with the hope that God would bless their house with a baby. They were ironied by the people in the community because they had no children and were thought to be cursed.Thus, the father of Holy Mary, retired to the wilderness and prayed for a while, and Ana made a promise to God that if she blesses her with a babe, she will be worshiped by the heavenly Father, serving in the church.Archangel Gabriel revealed to the two believers, confessing that their prayers were heard.To thank God for the mercy she showed her from the age of three and until Mary was fifteen, she was taken to the temple.Virgin Mary is the most beloved female divinity. The young girls pray in the hope that Saint Mary will help them get married or have an easy birth.The elders say that this holiday is full of customs and tradition, marks the boundary between summer and autumn, and the traveling birds go to warmer areas.On this day the holy housewives share grapes and plums for the souls of those who are gone, it is said that they will forgive all their sins and will receive the other world of the harvested fruits.Those who do not respect this day will be severely punished by illness and fire.According to an old superstition, there is no fire in the hearth on September 7 and 8, because it could attract poverty and illness.


September traditions in Romania
September traditions in Romania