Monday, December 5, 2011

HANDMADE - Romanian Traditions









































Marking the start of the festive season, 
Bucharest's Museum of The Romanian Peasant  hosts its St Nicholas Fair.

On the night of December 5th, boots are cleaned and carefully polished to be put by the door or on the windowsill to wait for St. Nicholas' (Sfantul Nicolae) visit. He is generous , putting a little present in each boot—usually nuts, tangerines, sweets and small items, like new socks. In some areas a walnut branch or thin twigs with gold, silver, or bronze gilded walnuts are left as a warning that behavior needs to improve. 
On the sixth of December, gifts are given to friends, children, and those in need. 
It is one of the most important Romanian holidays.
More than 800,000 Romanians celebrate their name day on St. Nicholas day, December 6th. 815,453 persons are named Nicholas or devivations of the name, 530,089 men and 285,364 women, reports the Ministry of Administration.
Over 1000 churches are dedicated to St. Nicholas in Romania, at least 23 are in Bucharest.'




58 comments:

Cătălin said...

Pariez că nu știi povestea celei care a realizat covoarele din ultima fotografie...

Mariann Lennert said...

Many beautiful items but the mask is my favorite.

Rizalenio said...

Wow! So creatively beautiful and colorful. I love those sculptures a lot. These arts just made me dream and happy.

Inge said...

Very nice and colourful. :-)

SmilingSally said...

Happy Blue Monday to you!

John said...

Captivating blue.

Come see the Blue at my page when you get a chance. Have a good week.

Marianne said...

Beautiful pictures!

Sue said...

Wonderful!
=)

Tina´s PicStory said...

thanks for joining highlight sunday with this interesting part of romanian culture!

Karina said...

ce superb!

Karina said...

am un prieten pictor, mihai olteanu, te rog sa pui si linkul lui in blog la tine. nu publica...s-a inscris in blog la tine

Francesc Balaguer said...

Great shots!!SUPERB..

Salut, Francesc

Windsmoke. said...

Bonza photos, once again i can't pick a favourite one this time round. I reckon these series photos have gotta be your best work yet, well done :-).

ionelmuscalu said...

Pariez că faci mai multă publicitate României decât frunza udrei!
Fotografiile sunt colosale!Mulţumesc!

Lukluk said...

Super reportaj! Felicitari...

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Wonderful hand works. The mask are a work of genius. But I only can see it because your photos are great :-)
Greetings, Angela

T... said...

beautiful artwork and what a wonderful tradition to keep alive..

lisa said...

What wonderful photographs these are!
Such beautiful vibrant colors.
I love the mask. It must have taken a lot of work to make this.

Thank you so much for sharing today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening.

lisa.

Cloudia said...

such human art!



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Teachinfourth said...

That top mask image is really nice...

Ambika said...

Lovely photographs! Drooling over the rugs and the painted jugs :) And you've got a beautiful photoblog here..

Pat said...

Wonderful series of photos! There are so many beautiful examples of folk art here!

Kala said...

Wonderful colors and light in these photos.

Happy Macro Monday!

Mr. Paparazzo said...

I really like the framed paintings and the potteries! Very good photo series!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very interesting to know about these traditions of Romania ...

kareninkenai said...

beautiful traditions and very lovely compositions. thank you. {visiting from i heart macro}

Traveling Hawk said...

o serie etnografica excelenta, Daliana! imi plac sculpturile mici reprezentand ciobani

ADRIAN said...

You may not live in the worlds richest country but I think these images make Romania a very wealthy place.

DUTA said...

Toate pozele sunt superbe. Favorita mea este ultima, cu casa si presurile atarnate pe cerdac.

Leah H. said...

interesting traditions..

Visiting for BM! Hope you can visit mine too..

http://www.heavenly-dreams.com/toy-story-toddler-bed/

Light Trigger said...

romanian art is really impressive, so colorful and full of life!

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Bitch said...

Great traditional work of art!
Here in Greece the name Nicolas is very often and today they celebrate their name day as in Romania..

Greetings Daliana
Monika

Daryl said...

I am loving all these ... your perspective is awesome

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what fantastic artwork!
lovely items, love each one of them.

thanks so much for sharing some of the beautiful romanian tradition with us.

xx

melanzana said...

Oooo..koliko ljepote ovdje ima!!!!
Predivno!!!!

Genie said...

This is one of the most interesting and beautiful I have ever seen. I loved and studied each and every shot. The museum must be a fabulous place to visit. Seeing the native crafts and handwork was such a treat. This is a fabulous post. Thanks so much for sharing your history and artworks with all of us. genie

patty said...

lovely art, beautifully photographed~

Fram Actual said...

Your St. Nicholas Fair photographs are excellent, entertaining and educational, Wind, and the exhibits themselves are beautiful and heart-warming.

I like the work with religious connotations the best, but find the designs on the pottery pieces and tea accessories touch my imagination and sense of wonder.

Thank you, for bringing more of Romania to me through your art.

abbilbal said...

Frumoase sunt aceste opere de artă.

Bibliotecaru said...

Lumea asta înseamnă România profundă. Nu ştiu de ce avem nevoie de atâta "împrumut" de la alţii veniţi de "5 minute" în istorie pentru a ne recunoaşte propria valoare la fel de veche ca şi a Chinei.

tu26dor said...

Deosebite! Cu adevarat opere de arta!
Salutari cu bine!

geanina said...

superbe imagini! asta e romania de care uneori mi se face dor:) zi faina...

Joop Zand said...

Thanks fot these lovely pictures....i like them.

greetings, Joop

Anika said...

Pretty details...love the way you compose your photographs!

tu1074 said...

Este fantastică această artă și este redată fantastic în fotografiile tale !
Felicitări!

Max Peter said...

Îmi place ciobănaşul cu oi...
Anul acesta n-am mai ajuns la târgul de la Muzeul Ţăranului, din păcate. Îmi place să admir icoanele naive.

CARMEN said...

imagini coplesitor de frumoase! spui "mestesugarii români" si vezi talent, traditie, culori. Superb fiecare amanunt!
Happy WW! pupici Daliana draga :-*
PS: ne-ai obisnuit sa ascultam o melodie în final ;) am cautat-o...

Leah H. said...

very interesting..thank's for sharing..

Visiting for MYM! Hope you can visit mine too..

http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2011/12/yellow-octupos-kids-cart.html

Kim Stevens said...

I so enjoyed this walk through your beautiful photos, and the Romanian culture! Thank you!

puzzle said...

Adevarate opere de arta! :)

nothingprofound said...

Love these photos, and the unique culture they represent. Hope all is well.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

very colorful and artistic

Robert Manz said...

a rich tradition indeed ! beautiful images. robert

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Impressive colourful display of both your work & your fellow craftsmen. I want to be one of those three wise men ... but at the moment I feel like I'm behind that mask in the first image.

ftk said...

buna as dori si eu un schimb de link daca se poate cu http://filmedivix.com/ lasa-mi un com

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Nice collection! And despite the crudeness, the seventh picture is so real...great!

ANRAFERA said...

A nice tradition, this one of "Saint Nicholas", that so happy they do the needy ones and children.
Precious photographies, floods of color and life.
Thank you very much Wind for these traditions approaching.
Cordial regards.
Ramon

Jean said...

The older traditional nativbe Swiss speak of similar St. Nicholas Day traditions..getting an orange or a few nuts as gifts. I think it might have been a lump of coal if you were bad.

Traditions cultivated are like the earth can yield a strong harvest that carry you through the lean times. Times when warm embers were placed in a bed-warmer because the bedroom was unheated and the pot under the bed froze if you urinated at night.

The cooler the climate the more vibrant and warm are the festival colors?

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