Thursday, June 21, 2007
Happy Longest day of the year!!!
Hey, I just realized that today is summer-
at 11:06 a.m. or 6:06p.m. coordinated universal time on June 21st, th season changed....did anyone feel it???
ahh, but it is not only summer or the longest day of the year(as opposed to the shortest day of the year on December 21)
but it is also Sanziana (or Drăgaică)!!!
Sanziana is the name of a flower and also the name for a group of young, nice girl-spirits. People in the Western Carpathian Mountains celebrate the "Sanziene" holiday on June 24th, every year. This is similar to the Swedish Midsummer holiday. It may be a pagan celebration of the summer solstice in June. Alternatively, church's opinion is that it celebrates the birthday of Saint John the Baptist, which also falls on June 24th.
Vasile Alecsandri, a Romainian playwright :
"toured the Moldavian countryside, collecting, reworking, and arranging a vast array of Romanian folklore, which he published in two installments, in 1852 and 1853...In 1879, his "Despot-Vodă" drama received the award of the Romanian Academy. He continued to be a prolific writer, finishing a fantastic comedy, "Sânziana şi Pepelea..."
wow!!! a fantastic comedy play...was it like a midesummer nights dream, except it was the beginning of summer, and although I cannot read Romanian I notice it is in 5 acts???
thanks wikipedia en. and ro. for the 5 acts reference!!!
Sanziene (24 June)
Sanziene (and Rusali) were in the past a kind of 'elf' a kind of witches (very nice witches). They had negative power and made young adolescents crazy. To protect themselves, the people made crowns from sanziene and throw them on the roof of the house. If the crown remained on the roof, it meant that the house was protected for a year, if the crown came down again, it meant that somebody of that house would die within a year. (see also under Maramures)
So I am not going to look up what Maramures is or are but this just made me realize something
Sprite a refreshing carbonated beverage made by is it Coke is it Pepsi....whatever!!! But Sprite, is a forest elf witch or somesuch creature......mountain dew ........is it really mountain dew??? how come Sprite is not caffenated but mountain dew is??? the morning dew off a mountain or off grass on the mountain does not sound like a jolt of energy.....it just doesnt make any sense!!!!!
anyway happy summer 2007!!!!!