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May 23, 2008

Constantin and Elena—Christian saints celebrated in Romania

on 21 May

The 21st of May is a very big holly day as we celebrate the saints Constantin and Elena. Constantin the Great was a leader of the Roman Empire who lived around 300 A.D. He was the son of Queen Elena and the first Christian Roman Emperor.

He established the new capital of Rome at the old Greek town of Byzantium, which he renamed after himself (Constantinople) and which would be the capital of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. He raised Christianity to the status of a “permitted religion.” He took a direct interest in matters of doctrine and called the first Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church at Nicaea.

There are lots of people in Romania who are called Constantin and Elena. The English for these two names would be Constantine and Helen.

In Comanesti, people celebrate those who bear names of saints by going to their houses with small decked fir trees.

Here is such a decked fir tree made by our pupils at Comanesti school for their classmates who are called Constantin and Elena.

As you can see decked trees are not common only at Christmas.

Ionut, Vasile, Alexandru, Marius, Costel, Luta (Comanesti School, Suceava)


6 Responses to “”

  1. Tim Ramsey Says:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  2. Liliana Says:

    Hello, Tim!

    Thanks a lot for your messages and appreciation. We all like writing on this blog.
    All the best,

  3. Gina Says:

    Giving a decked fir tree for this nameday is a very nice tradition! We haven’t a similar one, but we have many Costantina and Elena,too!

  4. ligregni Says:

    I was surprised to learn the a decked fir tree was made for the classmates, is it some kind of common present?

  5. Liliana Says:

    Hi again!
    Indeed, it is a common present from the classmates.
    They do that every time there is a name day celebration. It can also be done by friends and neighbours.

    Hugs from Romania!

    Liliana&the kids

  6. ligregni Says:

    i think it is very original! And cute.

    Love from Poland 🙂

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