School 10 from Cluj-Napoca

Saint Nicholas

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In the Romanian traditions the willow was planted near houses and graveyards. From its evergreen rods were made bride coronets in order to pass the regenerating power of the nature to the human.
“St Nicholas Little Rods” can be placed together with an old custom of carol singing in the Christmas Eve.
In that sacred moment when the Birth of Christ is celebrated, the children that went carol singing (in Transilvania were called “pitirai”) used to carry filbert rods. In each house they would go near the fireplace and rummage the ember and sing “Abundance in the house, on the table, in the grain-field, in the bread”. The purity of the children, the light and the filberts sacred power of regeneration were the three elements needed for the wealth of the family.
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