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…
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.