Traditional Caroling & Preparing Sezatoare
Trying to learn more about and keep alive the Christmas traditions, to share old, valuable aspects of local culture and to raise awareness about traditional heritage, we had several activities connected to traditional carolling.
Grade 4 and grade 6 students learned about “sezatoare” – a traditional gathering of the villagers, working together in one afternoon/evening to tell stories, riddles, rhymes and singing together. Then, a team got involved in preparing such an event in Baisoara, entitled “Grandparents’ Christmas“. We were so happy that our preparations went so well and that we were also learning so much along the way. Our students were invited to have parts/roles in this gathering. The event has sadly been postponed due to King Michael’s funerals, but we look forward to this taking place at another time.
In the meantime Year 11 students recorded a video of themselves performing a traditional carol from Iara village. A villager had told us that the community of Lara, in neighbourhood of Baisoara was famous for gipsy folklore and Christmas traditions, and that during her childhood people were very enthusiastic about these carollers. So our students were happy to play the role of the guests coming from Lara. We have also organized a carolling event at TC, for primary, students wearing traditional costumes, carolling for their parents and other guests, moving from one class to another just like carollers moving from house to house on Christmas Eve, bringing joy, singing and receiving goodie
On the 20th of December, we invited our community once again to feel the Christmas spirit through the eyes of innocence and feel the rhythm of our favourite carols. Just like every year, the Christmas Carol Service was a charitable event. This year the funds were directed to our project ‘Revive the nature-related traditions’ in Baisoara. We had a special guest: the traditional folk group “Vlastari”, from ‘Mircea Luca’ school in Baisoara and before the performance we had a workshop involving students from the project.