Folk Traditions about Saint Andrew's Day

St.Andrew's Day is also called The Wolfs Day. It is known what a wolf meant to the Dacians if their flag was a dragon with a wolf's head,. It is believed that on the 30th of November the wolf becomes more agile and he can bend his neck and nothing can escape him. The day is celebrated and the people are not working so the wolves won't spoil the cows. The danger isn't only for animals, but for human beings as well. It is dangerous for those that travel on the day that "Luparia" begins. On the night of the 30th of November the wolves gather around St Andrew. In order to protect their homes, from these creatures, people rub garlic on the gate's pegs and on the windows or even on the wells. Other householders make wax crosses and they stick them on the animals, but only on males, such as ox, rams, stags, goats, and only on the right. Because of the wolves people don't
sweep the floor or take the trash out. You are not allowed to comb your hair , to make scratches or to lend anything. If the owners don't work the wolf can't get any closer to the house. But, when Fate decides otherwise, the danger cannot be avoided. No one can put up with Saint Andrew.
From Romanian Folk Traditions and Customs-1/

Drawing by Ileana and Maria Surducan

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