There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova



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.

The first course of food and Samir

Nkosi (another voluteer), Melanie, Elisabeth (German friends), Me, and my host moms grandaughter (the dancer on the right)

And Thursday I was invited back to my training village for their Hram.  It is their 100 year anniversary!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

4 thoughts on “Hram

  1. How fun, Mary! I am really interested in the yummy looking food at your Hram! xo

  2. I second Heidi. FOOOOOOD!!! anything foreign and interesting that you know the recipe for? I’d love to try something 🙂

    • would you like the recipe for some chicken jello? I cant remember the Romanian name for it, but it is very popular. I have yet to try it though, because it looks disgusting and is served cold. Placinta and sarmale are delicious, mammaliga is a very typical Moldovan dish (my host dads favorite) is ok. I will send you both some recipes

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