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DOR Bottle by AloMoDa for EQUA partnering Trip to Romania

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We are very proud and happy to announce a partnership we have made with AloMoDa.ro for a beautiful cause: to make some children happy and show once again how proud we are of our national cultural heritage.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetEQUA is a Slovenian courageous responsibility initiative for making everyone aware of the environment effects due to human damaging action and brings an easy and stylish solution – limited editions of reusable bottles, made of a resistant material that do not affect the quality of pure water. Further more, EQUA donates 10% of every sold bottle to organizations that protect nature, clean the waters and promote a healthy life style.

After Croatia and Slovenia, it is Romania`s turn to be next and have a special blogger chosen to design a special bottle.

DOR Bottle by AloMoDa.ro for EQUA România is a special concept designed by Andreea Beltic, inspired by the romanian cultural treasures and by Constantin Brancusi`s masterpieces, under the idea of Enjoy Your Water, Make a Child Happy.

The EQUA Bottle is a responsible brand, focused on protecting the environment and encouraging people to also be careful with their health. Respecting the care promoted by EQUA, AloMoDa.ro has decided to donate the entire profit to an orphans settlement for Giurgiu, on the south region of Romania. One of the protectors of this settlement is the famous actor and model Aureliu Surulescu, ambassador DOR Bottle.

The entire amount that will be raised after selling the bottles will be used to MAKE A CHILD HAPPY and to organize a “Trip to Romania” for the children. We are the partners taking care of this action and looking forward to take the kids to the most beautiful places of this country and introduce them to our great cultural heritage.

The bottles can be bought from www.alo-moda.ro/dor-bottle and if their is any info we can provide, please inbox us.

ENJOY YOUR WATER. MAKE A CHILD HAPPY

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Money superstitions in the old traditional Romanian society

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“Not the progress of science, neither the sophisticated technology, nor the high standards of civilization or a very developed culture can kill the superstitions forever. Because it is beyond logics and ratio and any attempts of explaining it will hit the wall of personal beliefs. “ Carmen Mihalache

 

A short look in the not so far past would give us an understanding of the superstitions transmitted from a generation to another and which, sometimes, we believe in. I will present you, every now and then, some of the funniest ones, interesting or ridiculous ones, on different subjects, taken from a very good book, “Romanian beliefs and superstitions” by Irina Nicolau and Carmen Mihalache, after Artur Gorovei and Gh.F. Ciausianu.

 

So, let`s talk about money today!

 

If your left palm is itchy, you will get money, but if the right one is itchy, then you will give.

–       If you receive money from someone on Mondays, it is a good sign!

–       But on the hand, it is not good to give money on Monday, it means you will be giving it the whole week.

–       At New Year`s, you should have money in your pockets, so the year is good and prosper.

–       The money received as wedding gift (a Romanian tradition is to give money to the newlyweds) should be kept by the bride, after the godfather put some salt and wine over it, this way the new couple is happy and lucky.

–       If your cigarette is burning on one side, you will receive money!

–       If you wish to sell something, you should take a coin or a banknote, rub it against the soil and use it to make a cross sign on your forehead, this way the trade will be successful.

–       There is the belief that if someone has a drinking habit, it is recommended to take a coin and put it inside the mouth of a dead person, during his wake (the Romanian orthodox tradition requires a mourning of 3 days before funeral) and on the 3rd day, it will be removed, washed and put inside a bottle of alcohol and given to the drunk. This will be the cure of his bad habit.

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Did you polish your boots? Saint Nicholas is coming tonight!!

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Are you wondering who is this Saint Nicholas and why is he coming tonight?

Well, a very interesting and sometimes confusing tradition is taking place in the eve of December 6th, every year, for the Romanian people. Saint Nicholas, a similar figure to Santa Claus arrives every year to celebrate his day and brings gifts for the well behaved children or wooden sticks for the bad ones.
Although the role of gift-giver on Christmas Day itself is assigned to the Christ Child, on the eve of Saint Nicholas’ feast day of 6 December, Romanian children traditionally place a boot on their windowsill waiting for Saint Nicholas to come by and fill it with treats. The treats can be fruit, chocolate, sweets, candies or toys and to get the presents, children must carefully polish their boots and go to sleep.
This tradition can be found in other neighbor countries, such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia. Lucky the children of these countries, they get presents twice this month!
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The Trotus Valley

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The Trotus Valley may not be mentioned in Romania’s travel books. It may not be considered a touristic jewelery. It may not shine like the rest of Romania. However, some people know that this valley hides one of the most specific traditions of all times. A unique thing in the world.

A space where the clock stopped ticking in terms of traditions. Every winter, these people go back to their roots. They celebrate nature in a way that few people understand.

A tradition that shows respect for the gift of nature. And that somehow makes you wonder: “How come we became so human, after all? Was there such time?”

Yes. It was. It still is.

The story begins with a river, mountains and a small depression. And we go hundreds of years ago to understant it.

 

When there was only nature, animal and a little human, it was the men who was the animal’s “pet”. Years ago, people believed in the great power that animals had. The bear, for instance, was considered to have curative power, to bring fortune, health and wealthiness.

So each year, just before New Year’s Eve, there was this man that trained a bear and would go inside each house. The bear would have brought good-fortune and he was thought to have curative powers. People would let themselves stepped by the bear in order to recover from disease.

It was not just a simple action. It was a complete ritual, following some strict rules, conjurations and movements.

Nowadays, people from this valley still praise their simbol, an inheritance from the geto-dacians, a pre-Christian population in Romania.

The ritual is considered to purify and fertilize the soil in the new year.

 

About 20 or more people wearing masks start swinging in a circle, conducted by a so called tamer. They do it on the rhythm of specific drums, made and played by the locals. The tamer sings to them. The profound lyrics are full of significance and explain how things evolved. How the bear was took out of the forest, how he grew up and their movements describe the exact action.

His life, with the good and the bad represents the succession of the seasons. His death and resurection are the most intense part of the ritual and, metaphorically, this is the moment when the bear defeated the winter, heralding spring.

The bear masks are made of natural fur, including the head and only few people are able to prepare them in order to be worn.

By the end of the ritual, each person embodying a bear stars moving indepently, as a sign of the free life in nature that they are ready to embrace.

The bears are followed by people wearing different masks, embodying bizzare and mythological creatures. This only shows how creative this people are and how they found ways to adapt the contemporany to the legend.

According to the inhabitans, this particular ritual will never fade, nor disapper. It is not just a tradition. Is something that they have in their blood.

 

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Legends, songs and folklorics theater

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A specific form of tradition is to be found on the Mountain’s Valley. It is called folkloric theater and simple people, with a basic education and no training at all, just the love for their traditions, become stars in a complicated play.

It’s called Banda lui Bujor and it’s an one hour play, with 12 characters. Bujor (the Romanian word for peony) is the name of the main character and Banda lui Bujor stands for his group.

The play shows a quick glipse of Bujor’s life, called for some “haiduc”. In Romanian, “haiduc” defines a person that would steal from the rich to give to the poor.

The action is set in the 1800’s when Bujor, a real character, formed a group. They lived in the forests and attacked boyar’s carriges to steal their money, that would be given to the poor. They haunted especially phanariots, foreign leaders that came to conquer Romanians. The phanariots took people’s land and obliged them to work it, also claiming taxes.

 

Bujor’s group seeked a certain revenge. They sacrificed their life in order to help the others. They lived in forests, always hiding.

His actions were mentioned by most of the Romanian historians and, to a national belief, Bujor remains a hero.

Through the main characters, the New Year and the Last Year appear. They are usually played buy a really young man and an old man. It’s a mixture of poetry, songs, legend and fantasy.

The most intense moments shows how Bujor and his group are captured, emprisoned and convicted. Bujor’s mother, an old woman, with visible signes of sickness come to see her son in prison. Her crying is probably the most emotional moment. The woman acting sings a tearful song, showing her dispair as a mother, seeing her son humiliated this way.

But, by the end, Bujor manages to flee and revenge, once again, people’s poverty and misery, raising against the system.