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The Birth and Baptism

In the past there were a lot more families with a large number of children than nowadays when a family has on average 2-3 children.

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The Confirmation Ceremony is the religious ritual, with an oath-taking, through which we respond to God’s calling after baptism. Those confirmed may take part also in the Holy Sacrament of Penance (The Holy Eucharist). The oath-taking is prepared two years ahead, during which the priest prepares the little and older ones to be confirmed for this important step.

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Some time ago, there were a multitude of customs related to preparation of dowry. Nowadays these customs are not kept anymore, and the girl to be married buys all necessary things to her new life. Seldom can it be found items made in the house in a girl’s trousseau and this only in the case when the girl has older parents and grandparents.

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Death represents eternal rest in the general thinking. Those left alive must find comfort in the thought that the missing ones are in peace and that they will meet in the afterlife. Compassion for the mourners is expressed by means of the following: “Sincere Condolences, May God Rest him in Peace!”

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Jam-boiling

In the past as well as nowadays jam-boiling was one of the favourite activities. The housewife made a few jars of jam from the summer fruit for the winter season.

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The Ball of Food Baskets

In the area of Târnava Mică, the ball of food baskets has a long tradition. The ball has two names:

  • The Ball of the Married Couples: only spouses can participate, young (unmarried) people cannot;
  • The Ball of Baskets: where food and drinks are brought in the basket.

The second name fully reflects even today the content of the event, people bringing all that is necessary in their covered baskets. The meaning of the first name has suffered changes in the course of time, currently only married couples are participating in the ball, whereas in the past, old people took part as well, especially since theatre performances were organized in which both young people as well as old ones used to play. Unfortunately nowadays no plays are organized but among the participants, the youngest and the oldest of the pairs are awarded prizes.

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