The last Sunday in Paresimi or in the Great Lent is known as the Palm Sunday (Florii, or Duminica Floriilor, or Duminica Vlastarelor – e.n.). For more than 20 years, the Romanian Peasant National Museum celebrates this feast, waiting its visitors to come to the first craft fair of the year for three days. Egg dyers, weavers, seamstresses, embroiders, potters, iconographers, shovelers, leather dressers, wood craftsmen… old craftsmen who demonstrated their skills over the time, and who carry on the tradition of their craftsmanship.
From Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 10.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M., those who are interested will have the opportunity to meet skillful craftsmen and buy a lot of beautiful things full of signs and meanings.
Painted eggs, icons, wooden objects, ceramics, fabrics, toys, musical instruments, ornaments, painted furniture and many other things can be negotiated and bought from the Palm Sunday Fair at the Road Museum.
Besides, visitors can choose outstanding culinary specialties: sponge cake and pies, various sweets from Teleorman, gingerbread from Harghita, honey, pollen and propolis, medicinal herbs, palinca and jam.
About the Palm Sunday
In the Palm Sunday, people are allowed to eat fish. They go to church with flowers and return from there carrying willow branches. They touch children and cattle in the household and put it at the icon: over the year, it has all kinds of uses. This is also the moment when the herbs used to paint the eggs are boiled. The weather on the Palm Sunday will be the same on the Easter. There are regions where people don’t wash their heads on this day, being afraid not to whiten (gray) like the trees in the bloom.
Irina Nicolau, Ghidul Sarbatorilor Romanesti (Humanitas, 1998)