Special light is falling on Barsana Monastery as people from different places of Romania and abroad are gathering together in the spirit of celebration of traditional Romanian Easter.
Handmade bags full of home cooked foods are taken for the blessing of the priest.
The light is then taken home and even in ones’ life…
Horses always fascinated me by their elegance and beauty as well as genteelness and their ability to feel and sense people. I haven’t come too close to a horse yet perhaps because I’m still preparing for that wonderful moment but for now here are a few glances I’ve exchanges with them in my trip to Maramures.
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears. ~Arabian Proverb
The Dacian tradition marks 1st of March as the beginning of a New Year. Everything comes to life again, flowers, nature, warmth and everyone shows this celebration in the way they dress, the way they show their love to each other..women get a symbolic “martisor” or flowers, man gets busy making long lists of flowers to send to the ones they love and admire ..there is a joy and happiness in everyone’s hearts.I had the upmost pleasure to be dressed up in the traditional attires of Maramures by Godja Ileana and her mother Nemes Maria and I can tell you, one really feels you go back in times ..hundred years! It was a special moment with lots of laughter and deep connections with the past in the same time. Thank you Ileana and Maria!
In this leap year today, Teo Barsan is celebrating his 18th birthday..the more you talk to him the more you understand how yourg at heart he is: he will tell you jokes and invite you to see his carving studio with such an enthusiasm and energy that is simply infectious !))
It seems that Art have asked him in marriage long time ago and they are still happily living together in love and harmony!
Happy birthday Teo!
Located in the heart of geographical Europe, Maramures county is a land of mythological richness, impressive landscapes and old traditions.
This is the county of the wood, therefore the wood carving takes a prestigious place in the heart of the people living there. Over the centuries beautiful crafters have enriched their houses with roof ornaments, attractive motives for windows, impressive wonderful carved wooden gates that it now a symbol of the Maramures tradition.
One element of great originality of the region is their wooden churches, as old as seventeen and sixteen centuries. They are the soul of the village, a spiritual refuge, their breeze in the heat of the night or their warmth in the cold of the winter. There is a great sense of the connection with the spiritual everywhere around here, from the road that defies the rules of gravity to the mystical encounter with priests and monks that once you talk to them your heart will be changed forever.
This is a visible spiritually, especially when is lived with such passion and reverence by the people of Maramures.
There is a house in the heart of Maramures, Romania, that have stolen my imagination for is an oasis of creativity and relaxation. In the potterer’s house one can try artistic skills under the kind instructions of Daniel Les, a gifted potterer, with lots of enthusiasm and love for the local tradition and his heritage. His passion for this craft is infectious and you will leave with the feeling that you are now part of Maramures, for you have touched its soil and embraced their traditions.
There is plenty of things to do, such as trips to The Blue Lake, or visit plenty of the wooden churches (Barsana not to be missed), or simply go skiing, or take the trip with carriage and horses in the snow that will make you feel part of a Tolstoi story. Sighet, Surdesti, Sapanta with its happy cemetery is not to be missed also.