"Luparia"

St. Andrew's Day is also called The Wolf's Day. It is known what the 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. From this the believe that "the wolf shall she it's tail". The day is celebrated by not working (so the wolves won't spoil the cows). The danger isn't only for the animals, but for humans too. Especially for the ones that travel on the day that "Luparia" begins.

On the night of the 30th of November the wolves gather around St. Andrew and he shares with each of them? For the winter that follows. In other 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 you don't sweep the floor and you don't 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 the word of Saint Andrew.

CARMEN BABOS the 5th form
Drawing by Ileana and Maria Surducan