RO_2 | Christmas-time ritual "Colindatul"
"Carolling —“colindatul”— is one of the most widespread and best-known Romanian customs. The joy of the Nativity of the Saviour reflected in gestures, sung ceremonial texts and dances can be found in Carolling. The Carollers’ eyes full of hope, faith and love announce the good news at people’s homes, the news about the birth of the Son of God, wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. They are rewarded by their hosts with traditional food and dishes—cakes, rolls, apples, nuts, sausages…— and invited to join them at the Christmas Eve dinner. From evening to dawn, the streets of villages resound with the voices of carollers, dressed in traditional costumes. They walk from gate to gate, reminding people of the moment when the Three Wise Men (Magi) from the East followed the guiding star towards the place of the Saviour's Birth.
The carols, sung from Christmas Eve and until the Epiphany—and in churches too— are transmitted from generation to generation, being considered a precious legacy which comprises thoughts, words, feelings, ancestral faith, love, communion and history. Some families leave a carol chosen from the Romanian vast repertoire as the carol of that household, inherited from father to son.
(Image: © Ana Ghiaur)