Great fun at the AMA Learning Center. On Friday, October 21, they participated in the Autumn Festival, an event held under the sign of the industriousness, abundance and beauty of this season. The folk music soloist Carina Avram supported an extraordinary folklore moment, together with the dancers of the Zestea Popular Ensemble who delighted with the beauty of the costumes and the repertoire.
“Popular celebratory costume from the Mureș area composed of a shirt with lapels, sewn with red ribbon and laces over the elbow and trousers with a hunted body. The costume is made according to a model of an old tradition in Transylvania through the two specific elements, the ciupag and the katrânța with a hunted body. Today we still meet the costume in the Lăpuș and Mărgău area. The small piece around the neck is still used today in almost all of Transylvania. Folk costume is an art transmitted from generation to generation. The folk costume also represents a form of history written on canvas, in which one can read the age, the events of the human life, the social status, the area of origin, the customs. The basic characteristic of traditional costume is unity in diversity and syncretism. Let’s enjoy looking at examples of this material culture heritage and honor it by wearing it on every festive occasion!”, noted ethnographer Mărioara Jiga.
Through this event, the AMA team and the children’s parents cultivated the love for folklore and traditions, but also the respect for those who created them, our ancestors.
“Constantin Noica said that “in culture nothing should be lost, everything should be transmitted and renewed”. Our duty as teachers is to pass on, therefore, today, we brought to the children the Romanian tradition and folk customs, which we so ardently want to keep alive, primarily because they define us as a people, here are our roots, and then for their beauty, which we want to delight many generations to come. Unfortunately, few of today’s children have contact with the life of the village and the Romanian folk port, therefore, we brought the village to the kindergarten yard, thus creating a piece of translation, with an authentic setting. We didn’t just limit ourselves to the decoration, we completed everything with folk song and game, we baked tomorrow, made polenta, plum magiun and sweetened with cherries. We, like the kindergarten, are characterized by our attention to details, and I can dare to say that this characteristic comes precisely from the Polish tradition, where everything was sewn, laid out, with small, important details. The quilts used for the decoration, verinci as they are called in my parents’ village, Băla, were lovingly made by my grandmothers, my mother Valerică, who today turns 80 autumns full of history, on which occasion I want to wish her many years to come, to keep alive, as much as possible, the tradition of the Romanian village, and the other grandmother, little Măriuță, who looks down on us from somewhere above and is happy that she is still among us, through what she left us a legacy to carry over the ages. The autumn celebration has turned into a real festival at AMA and will flourish year after year, from our passion and desire to carry forward the Romanian tradition and port”, said Alina Oprea, administrator of the AMA Learning Center in Târgu-Mureș.
Quality and diversity in education capitalize and promote talent, inspiration and creativity at any age.
“Most of the children you see here no longer have grandparents in rural areas. We brought them here some of the representative objects from our grandparents’ houses, we want to show them customs, let them see how must, jam is made, we dressed them in traditional folk costumes. I involved them and showed them all this in the hope that they will remember and carry the tradition forward”, noted Natalia Lazăr, educator.
The Autumn Festival at AMA demonstrated what it means to preserve and capitalize on this incredible potential of the Romanian spirit, folklore.
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