The midsummer night (or “Sanziene’s Night”) is a tradition kept alive until today in Mihail Kogalniceanu village and its main purpose is to educate the young Aromanians from the village according to very well kept customs of the ancestors.
On the night of June 23 after sunset, boys and girls gather at the house of the Aromanians where “Sanziene’s Night” is organized. Girls bring from their home flour and other ingredients necessary for making pies and boys bring drinkables. The party starts after sunset when girls, accompanied by boys pick up flowers to adorn a bucket and their braided tails. The bucket is carried to three wells from which water is taken and after that is brought inside the house where each girl throws a silver jewel into it and makes a wish, then the bucket is placed next to an icon to rest.
At the end of this ritual, the girls and the boys along with the other participants spend the night together, during which the girls and the boys socialize. In the morning, before sunrise, the girls take their jewels out of the bucket, wash their face with the water from the bucket and after that they throw over the house the braid floral crowns they have made. If the crown stays on the house it is said that the girl shall not marry, but if it doesn’t stay then she shall marry.
The activity will take place within the Museum “Gheorghe Celea” from Mihail Kogalniceanu locality.
The event agenda includes:
17:00 –Customs of “Sanziene’s night” at Aromanians
Ora 18.30 –Fair of traditional local products
The event will end up with a party at which will attend Aromanians folklore ensembles and folklore music artists.
AVLIA Ensemble and band
MUSATA ARMANA Ensemble
Folklore music artists NELU IANCA si CRISTIAN IONESCU
AddressMuzeul etnografic al aromânilor “Gheorghe Celea”, Mihail Kogalniceanu
23 June - 23 June
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