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Romanians everywhere invited to wear traditional “Ie” blouses on International Ie Day

The International “Ie” Day is celebrated on June 24, St. John’s Day. At first the day oscillated between June 24 and August 15 (St. Mary’s Day) however an old tradition was discovered in Maramures and convinced the organizers three years ago that the Sanziene (gold-haired fairies in Romanian folklore) wear traditional Ie shirts.

On this International Ie Day, Romanians everywhere are invited to wear traditional Ie shirts, to take selfies and to popularize throughout the world this Romanian traditional clothing item.

It does not matter whether the traditional blouse we are wearing is inherited from our grandparents or great-grandparents or is modernly adapted by a fashion designer. The important thing is for it to be white. It does not matter whether you are in Romania, whether you are Romanian women living abroad or just fans of Romanian femininity. The important thing is to wear it with pleasure.

Thus we will dress the whole planet in traditional Romanian blouses for a day. In order to see its effect and reach around the world we came up with a web and mobile app where all these photographs with girls and women wearing traditional Romanian blouses will be collected, a catalogue for our children.

The International Ie Day was created in 2013 by a Facebook group called La Blouse Roumaine. An international movement was born directly on the internet, leading to June 24 being declared the International Ie Day.

The event is now celebrated in over 50 countries on 6 continents. The Romanian “Ie” blouse has inspired fashion designers and has been worn by personalities from all over the world.

 

Sanziene Fair at Romanian Peasant’s Museum

 

The Sanziene Fair will take place from Friday to Sunday in the inner courtyard of the Romanian Peasant’s Museum. Townsmen and artisans with candy, ornaments and old objects will take part in the event, creativity workshops being organized for children.

According to a communiqué released by the organizers, Bucharesters will find at the fair icon painters, wood carvers, weavers, potters, spinners, young handicraftsmen and needlewomen. “Since we will soon celebrate the Romanian “Ie” blouse, we expect you to wear and try out old and new “Ie” blouses: with and without hems, with beads, with flower embroidery designs, made out of cotton, made out of flaxen linen, with laces on sleeves, work blouses, with rippled collar, hems…,” the organizers’ communiqué reads.

Antiquities traders will bring from villages and towns fabrics, furniture, books, pottery, traditional rural household objects, gramophones, watches, engravings and various art objects and the collectors are expected to come along, as usual, with various objects and their stories.

Visitors can buy directly from producers traditional cookies, honey and apiarian products, pies, homemade chocolate, cheeses, jams, syrups and stew, gingerbread and bagles, pastry horns and Tatar mutton salami. Likewise, they will be able to taste Romanian dishes prepared in cast-iron pots and served with flatbread, as well as forcemeat rolls of vine leaves, carp cooked with onion and oil served with mamaliga, gammon cooked in cast-iron pots.

Children as young as 4 are expected to take part in creativity workshops in which they will learn to paint pottery and to work with wool.

The Night of Sanziene falls on June 23-24. This holiday is also called Dragaica. It is said that if the cuckoo stops singing before the Night of Sanziene then there will be drought that summer. At first the celebration coincided with the solstice, falling on June 21. Later, since the Church considered the ritual to be pagan, it was moved to June 24 – the day dedicated to John the Baptist. In time, the Night of Sanziene – as it is called in Romanian folklore – became a popular celebration. For the peasants this day is very important for weather forecasting. In popular belief, if it rains on or after St. John the

 

 

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