The Christianising

The new born is bathed for 40 days in holy water. On the third night after the baby was born, the host invites three housewives and feasts them. Then, the table is laid for over the night with food, glasses filled with wine, a loaf of bread and some money. This way, when the Fates come , they find wealth and wish a good fortune to the baby. In the first three days after the birth, nothing is given away from home. All people entering the house must leave at least a trifle so that the baby’s sleep is protected.  Also all the visitors must pinch the new-born’s nose so that he is saved from all uncleanness.

The Wedding –

The local people used to get marry at a very young age, the boys at 20-24 and the girls at 13-17. If a lad is not married until 30 years, he is called “bachelor “. The young people get to be married as per their own will. Often the parents have some influence but their role is  reduced to setting the dowry.  Once the deal done, they go on with the engagement, also called the “settlement”. The expenses related to the engagement are the responsibility of the girl’s parents, while the boy is in charge with the payment of the fiddlers.

On the eve of wedding, the “Callers”, all dressed up, with flowers on their hats and with flasks   filled with wine or brandy in their hands, ask the villagers, on behalf of the grooms or godparents, to attend the wedding, greeting everybody, regardless of the time of the day, with “good morning”. 

On the morning of the wedding day, the groom, together with the Callers and his guests, first go to the godparents place and to the bride’s home. She is waiting for them together with other maids, and then she kneels in front of her father to get his blessing. When leaving her home, the bride steps three times on the threshold, faking that she don’t want to go. In the end, the groom picks her up or girds her with the horse rein to make her leave the house.  A 10-15 meters pole is erected in the yard, on the top of which   the weeding fir tree, a round bread and a head kerchief are hoisted.  As the groom and the bride are leaving the house, the fiddlers are playing and the village boys and girls are dancing. At this point, one of the groom’s friends or relatives (so called pocanzei ) climbs the pole , takes the tree , the bread and the head kerchief and  keeps them.

During the religious ceremony , after singing  Isaia dantuieste ”Isaia dances “ , candies are being tossed  in the church , while outside the fiddlers play and the boys and girls dance “ the bride’s dance”

The feast takes place in the groom’s house where all grooms guests and bride’s guests ( terfarii) are invited.

Superstitions

The old ladies knew how to read the sign in the sky, the natural phenomena, the song and the dance of the birds , special movements of animals, or the barking of the dog.  They believed that there were spells through with love can be bound or unbound and many other things settled or unsettled. They also believed that there were winged dragons and werewolves that could eat the mon or the sun and price- charmings and they also believed in the power of the incantations

The incantation –

The incantations were used to heal the wind illness and the evil-eye sickness, the only ones known at that time

People used to say that if a bad person gave a piercing look to a sick person, and especially when the sick person was envied for its beauty, the so called evil –eye sickness happened.