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)