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The Bear – Ancient New Year Tradition in Romania January 3, 2010

Filed under: New Year — LL @ 6:53 pm

Here’s the ancient tradition called “The Bear” performed by some of our 6th and 7th graders.


Liliana&the kids


4 Responses to “The Bear – Ancient New Year Tradition in Romania”

  1. Marie-France&kids Says:

    Great post! Thanks for your video! Your kids had a lot of fun role playing. I like the bear!
    Graciun Fericit Si La Multi Ani! Bonne et heureuse année 2010.
    From France

  2. Liliana Says:

    Thanks, Marie! Happy New Year to you too!
    Yes, my kids enjoyed it very much.
    All the best!

  3. Gina Says:

    Nice performance! I’d like to know something more about this tradition. What’s its exact meaning?
    What do the characters of the scene symbolize?
    Anyway, Happy New Year to you all!

  4. Marta Says:

    Nice performance for the bear!
    A short message to tell you that in Pyrenees we have a tradition of a bear as well. But not for New Year, for Carnival. The bear goes round the streets of the villages and puts black ink on the faces of as much people he can, until people get him and can take off the mask.
    I’ll try to give you more information and pictures of this!

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