Garlic and Dreamland Book, Superstitions on Pentecost, Rusalii

Dreamland-Patricia Furstenberg-stories myths folktales

Hanging garlic for good luck when Dreamland, my new book, hits the Amazon shelves goes with the theme of the collection, and it reminded me of other superstitions involving the well-rounded garlic on Pentecost, de Rusalii..

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Easter in Romania, Scents, Sights, Sounds #Im4Ro

Easter in Romania, Scents, Sights, Sounds

For a child growing up in Romania, Easter time is a miraculous tradition abundant in scents, sights and sounds. For an adult, it embodies a history of personal faith and a culinary feast – but above all Easter means national and personal culture because ‘this is how we remember and celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, like our parents before us, and their parents too.’

My memories of Easter in Romania consist of scents, sights, sounds, and… excitement.

Orthodox Easter pasca, painted eggs, candle
Orthodox Easter, sweet pasca, painted eggs, a lit candle
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Romanian Drob, a Lamb-Terrine for Easter, its History, Symbology and Traditional Recipe #Im4Ro

Romanian Easter drob dish, lamb terrine

The Romanian drob, this herb-scented lamb-terrine, is the centerpiece of any Easter meal – alongside cozonac and Easter eggs, while its bouquet of aromas hint at a millennial history and a traditional recipe.

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The Legend of Putna Monastery #Im4Ro

Putna Monastery, a legend

It took the strength of two men to open the massive wooden doors of Putna Monastery, and they groaned with legends as they parted. And it took two to open the massive doors leading to its nave, a stone engraving overhead remembering all those who helped rebuild and protect it.

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Scenes of Easter by Nerius #medieval #art

Easter Scenes by Nerius, symbolism in medieval art

Happy Easter and what better way to celebrate but with these Scenes of Easter by Blognese artists Nerius, ca 14th century. I think that from today this will be one of my favorite Easter images. There is something about medieval blue ink and gold that captures one’s heart and imagination!

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