ARTS & LEISURE EXHIBITIONS

Palm Sunday Fair kicks off at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Every spring, around Palm Sunday, the Peasant Museum is waiting for the visitors to come at the first fair with artisans of the year. Being open from Friday, 7th of April, to Sunday, 9th of April, from 10.00 to 18.00, the Palm Sunday Fair provides the visitors with the opportunity to buy special things, crafted with passion and full of signs and meanings.

During the three days, those who made the traditional objects will also be present on site: egg dyers, weavers, seamstresses, braid makers, potters, iconographers, spoon, leather, wood craftsmen, providing those who will visit them with precious information on the exhibited works, traditions and processes of making handicrafts.

On this occasion, those who are interested may buy decorated eggs, icons, woodwork, ceramics, fabrics, toys, musical instruments, ornaments, painted furniture and more. Of course, there will also be stalls with traditional food: sponge cakes and pies, all the kinds of sweets from Teleorman, gingerbread of Harghita, honey, pollen and propolis, herbs, brandy and jam.

The access to the fair is allowed against RON 4/person, respectively RON 2 for pupils, students and pensioners.


About Palm and Easter holidays:

 

  • On the Palm Sunday, it is allowed to eat fish. Although there is Lent, on this day you are allowed to eat fish.
  • To protect fruits from hail, vine growers bind the vine with willow on the Palm Sunday or they bury a red egg on the Good Friday.
  • On the Palm Sunday, the hatch is filled with broth of wild fruits and common marjoram which are used to Easter eggs painting. Eggs are painted in red, yellow, green, blue and black. Black eggs means the agony and pain suffered by Christ.
  • The devil always asks two questions: if eggs are still painted on Earth and if carols are sang  in the villages. When eggs will not be painted anymore and when carols will not be sang, then he will come.
  • On the Easter day, all the Christians have to give a red egg to the priest, friends and relatives, saying: “Christ is resurrected!”, and the one who receives it has to answer: “He is truly resurrected!”
  • When they come home from the Resurrection, they sit on the table, and they taste the bread first, then they knock red eggs. When they start eating on Easter, they start with the egg, the husband and the wife are the first who knock eggs, then parents knock with their children, saying “Christ is resurrected!” and “He is truly resurrected!”. It is believed that the one who breaks the other’s egg is the winner.
  • A red egg is put aside on the Easter day, it is covered with a sheet of wax in the middle, in order to bind it, and then it is hanged in a nail, inside the house, and after one year, on the next Easter, it will be broken. If there are warms in it, the one who put it will have luck, and if not, he or she will be unlucky. Others keep the egg for 40 days, and if it doesn’t become stinky, the one who kept it is lucky.
  • They say it’s not good to throw the yolk of the red egg on the Easter day, because you throw your luck.
  • In Bucovina, on the Easter day, children play in a one-seat swing made around houses, and the one who plays pays a red egg to the owner of the house.

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