4. TRADITIONS (09 - 11/2019)

  • Study of typical celebrations and festivals, customs, traditions, household chores in every partner school area/region/country. How are they organized in families? What is mostly done by men/women? Typical stereotypes.

    Students will prepare interviews, reports, questionnaires… Share the new facts on eTwinning or blog, discuss their knowledge in closed discussion group. If the students are skillful enough they can create a calendar for the year 2020 with important days, festivals, holidays and traditional feast of each partner school, include their drawings or illustrations (help of ICT or arts teacher might be useful). The main coordinator might create a combination of all calendars into one and share it with others – useful Christmas gift at schools if printed.

    Traditions topic for this project period:

    We decided to work on the shared presentation again where each school will explain their traditions celebrating:

    1) Easter
    2) Christmas
    3) Wedding
    4) Any traditional celebration typical for your region or country.

    The template for the shared google presentation will be ready soon, now you can prepare the texts and/or images.

    Another task for you is to draw or paint ONE simple picture describing EACH MONTH which will be used in a calendar for 2020. There are 12 months to paint so 2 for each school and 2 extra for PL volunteers (Thanks to Mikolaj).

    January SK
    February PL
    March RO
    April PL
    May PL
    June RO
    July SK
    August ES
    September CZ
    October CZ
    November PL
    December ES

    Have fun!




  • TRADITIONS in each partner country

    Christmas in CZ
    MARCH- MARTISOR, the symbol of spring that brings good luck and happiness in Romania

    On every March the 1st in Romania we celebrate the beginning of spring, the rebirth of life after the hard winter. A old tradition is to give a little symbol who means the friendship or love, appreciation , respect, good luck, serenity and happiness, called MARTISOR ,the red and white string from which a small decoration.
    Usually, both women and men receive this gift and wear pinned to their clothes, close to the heart, until the last day of March, when they tie it to a fruit-tree twig. It is believed that the red string of Mărțișor symbolizes vitality, while white symbolizes purity. Red is the color of fire, blood, and a symbol of life, associated with the passion of women. Meanwhile, white is the color of snow, clouds, and the wisdom of men.

    June - SANZIENE celebration

    The Sănziene Holiday, which is the Romanian name for local folklore fairies, takes place on June 24th, on the religious calendar. Legend has it that the girls, called Sânziene, were very beautiful girls, living in the woods or in the fields, dance and give magical powers to the healing plants, especially to those who bear the same name Sanziene, a wild plant with yellow flowers .
    They weave flower wreaths out of these plans, that are worn on their heads and which are bringing people health and wellness, but they are also good for girls' practices to find out their fate and when they will get married.
    Sânzienele are a symbol of summer, because the period of maximum flowering of the plants is identical with the period of maximum brightness of the sun, around the summer solstice.

    Tradition in Romanian cuisine - COZONAC

    Alexandra, show you how we make COZONAC, the most important culinary product in Romanian holidays.

    Saint Andrew -traditons in Romania

    Saint Apostle Andrew, who came from a small town in the current state known as Israel, is celebrated in the Orthodox churches on the 30th of November and is considered the protector of Romanians because in his pilgrimages he found his way in the southern parts of Romania where he lived in a cave.
    The night of November 29th is associated with paranormal activities, like the appearance of ghosts, the prediction of fate and weather, but also with the protection of people, houses and animals.

    The tradition says that girls who wish to get married need to hide a piece of basil under their pillow one night before the holiday, that way, they will have a dream in which their future husband will appear.

    Wedding traditions in the Northern part of Romania

    In Romania, the wedding is a special event, an occasion of joy and celebration. For hundreds of years, this event, considered as a transition to another stage of life, has been accompanied by traditions and customs, so that the married young couple has plenty of wealth, sympathy and luck. Nowadays, especially in villages, the wedding customs are still well preserved, but they differ from one region to another.
    The most important tradition is the religious ceremony, officiated by the priest in the church, where young couple will receive the blessing of God. When leaving the church, people throw wheat or rice over the bride and the groom, as a sign of abundance and fertility.

    Old traditions in Romania

    Recently, we visited the beautiful city of Bucovina, Gura Humorului. There we learned a lot about the Old Eastern Traditions and we tought it will be nice to share this knowledge with you. So we made this video for everyone who's interested in the Old Eastern Traditions of our country and we invite all of you to watch it. Enjoy!