Danubius International Conferences, 13th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Specifics of the Calendar Rituals of Ethnic Romanians of Bessarabia

Alla Sokolova
Last modified: 2023-06-20


The article examines the calendar rituals of ethnic Romanians of Bessarabia as a result of the interaction of integration, adaptation, and transformation processes that formed a multiethnic community with a special cultural tradition. The study of the ritual poetry of the Romanian ethnic group of the Ukrainian Danube region has shown that the entire annual cycle of folk rituals and holidays is consistent with the seasons of the folk calendar. A detailed study of rituals, customs, and folk holidays as an important component of traditional Romanian culture made it possible to consider the calendar ritualism in a complex and to trace the connection between the Slavic and Romanic layers of folk ritualism of the calendar cycle in both historical and functional aspects.