This is the Romanian dance called the “Învârtita” or “Bătuta” with the Hungarian version called Forgatós. The basic form is at moderate tempo with turning as a couple, in alternate directions separated by a resting step, without progressing around the dance space. A yo yo like move that will spin you into a joyous expression of the soul!
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…
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!
You don’t normally associate a traditional hat maker with a woman, but in Maramures there is a woman with an understated beauty and genteelness of the soul who is preserving the skills of hat making that her father has passed on to her. All her tools and machines are made with much love by her late father and she is now treasuring them with much reverence. It is her way to connect with her father,she said, and anytime you see her showing and taking about them you notice a subtle smile and her face immediately lightens up. My father talks to me every day, she says, and if I miss one day of work, the machine is either braking the thread or getting stuck as if a voice is saying ..I miss you here every day !Borodi Manuela sits daily at her father’s machine making beautiful traditional hats from Maramures.