It has been a little bit over a month since my Hram, sorry it is a little late, but better than never I suppose. So, some of you may ask, what is Hram? Hram is the celebration of the city or the village you live in. It all coincides with the biserică (church) in your town, and the saint that the biserică is named after. I have heard that Saint Mary is a popular day in Moldova, her celebration is around the 27th of August. Moldova is a rather religious society, so it doesn’t surprise me that the celebration has religious meanings also.
Rîșcani had their Hram on September 21. All the schools and offices were closed, and two fellow volunteers came to celebrate with me. My host mom had been making treats all week in preparation. It all started with a masă, which literally translates to table, but in this case it means large meal. Several courses were served, we drank house wine and homemade vodka. Then we made our way to the center of town. In the center they had beer tents, a stage, a cotton candy machine, some small things for sale and some carnival rides for kids. My host moms granddaughter is part of a dance group, so we watched her dance, listened to some music, and drank some beer. Later on when it got dark there was also fireworks.
And Thursday I was invited back to my training village for their Hram. It is their 100 year anniversary!