As we entered the festival, we were greeted by children dressed in traditional clothing and during the event there were dance performances by adults and children. Activities for attendees included playing games, competing in wrestling and viewing high-wire acrobats. There was amazing food and lots of hand crafted items for sale.
On Sunday May 5th, I went to the Gagauzian Hederlez celebration in Ceadir-Lunga, Moldova. It is the celebration of the beginning of summer and when livestock starts to go out to pastures again. One of the main activities at this celebration is horse racing. #Hederlez2019 First up are the beautiful mares and foals. Next up, … More Gagauzian Hederlez Celebration- The Horses
Tudora’s peach festival was on Sunday July 15th and I was honored to be a part of the team to help organize it. During the festival, I was part of the group that welcomed people to the festival and handed out peach scarfs and peach compote. It was really fun to great all the tourist … More Hai La Piersici! Peach Festival 2018
For the past two years, my village has held a Peach Festival, to promote the peach growers in the region and to promote the area as a place for tourism. This event was the idea of one of my partners, Dorina. She is amazing entrepreneur and through a team of volunteers, this event continues to … More Preparing for the Peach Festival
Every year, the Unity Community Center celebrates Children’s Day, which is on June 1st in Moldova. This year was a special event as the center received a sponsorship to take the children from grades 2-5 from the center on an excursion into Chisinau. It was such a delightful day, starting with watching the children’s eyes … More Celebrating Children’s Day June 1 2018
Happy Easter! Paște fericit! April 8th was Easter Sunday for the Eastern Orthodox church. For many here, it is a more important holiday than Christmas and families travel back to their home villages for Easter Sunday and/or for Memorial Easter. We went to the church around 3am (other people had been there since midnight) and … More Orthodox Easter
March 8th is International Women’s day and in Moldova it is a national holiday and is a day to celebrate the women in your life. The school and most other businesses closed on that day as well as March 9th. People continual asked me if we celebrated it in the US and while I know … More International Women’s Day – March 8th- Zuia femeilor
March 1st is Mărțișor , the day to celebrate the coming of spring and friendship. People give each other pins to wish them a healthy and prosperous year. At the village school there was an art contest and I was asked to help judge. The best part was that the children were asked to use … More Mărțișor – March 1st
In February, the first graders at the village school celebrated the 100th day of class with posters and a class presentation; some beautiful creations.
My father’s side of the family is from Lithuania. My Great Grandparents traveled to the US with their families (or by themselves) around 1913 to 1915. Between 1868 and 1914, almost 20 percent of the Lithuanian population left Lithuania due to a famine in 1868-1869 and Russian rule. My dad’s family, after various other locations, settled … More Finding connection to my Great Grandmother through Moldovan feasts