Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Happy Old New Year
Happy Old New Year!! Sounds a little queer to the ear, you say? Well 7 days after Old Christmas follows Old New Year--January14. Sunday was "Ajun" Old New Year, or almost Old New Year, or Old New Year's Eve if you would. I was in Orhei and saw a wonderful show of Colindi (Christmas Carols) groups from around the raion (county). It seems that most groups have a story about a goat in their repertoire. You see a picture of a goat get up above. And some groups have someone cracking a whip as they sing. I think that's to give the goat motivation. ALL the groups have a small hand bell that they ring continuously as they sing or recite poems. The last few pictures give you a little taste of Moldovan winter styles. Hey what's this, a picture of my friend Basil and Marilyn in Chicago! Oh, that's because January 14th--Old New Year's Day is also Svinte Vasile Day. You guessed it, Vasile is Basil in our Romanian tounge. There's a famous cathedral in Moscow right off of Red Square in honor of St Basil. But for today we'll just have to end with a picture of the church in Jeloboc. La Mulți Ani, Sanatate, bani in buzunar, Noroc, porcul pe masa, fericire și frumos viața! And may you get a seat on the rutiera.