The wedding customs in Maramures
The wedding involves the whole community; almost all the village takes part in this event because it is important for those who will get married as well as for the villagers. The passing of the young from childhood to adulthood is marked by three specific levels which are named “passing rituals”. The wedding ceremonial can be outlined after those rituals:
-the preliminary rituals folds of the engagement and the wooing;
-the rituals that contains the actual wedding;
-the after wedding rituals that consist of the introduction of the family in the life of the village. It represents the beginning of a new journey in the life of the newlyweds.
From our forefather’s time there is a custom that in every Sunday or holiday, in “caslegi” (the period in which there is no religious prohibition to eat anything) there must be dancing. The dancing was hold in the centre of the village or, nowadays, in the cultural hostel. Among those who dance there are unmarried boys and girls because the married ones, especially the wives, are just watching. The girl who wants to enter the first time in the dance must wait until a boy asks her to do so.
The habit of boys and girls getting together and dance in the music of a violin player is named “sâri”. The girls make the preparation for the food and the boys hire violin players and bring a drink called in Romanian: “horincă”. The party lasts until the next day then the boys will escort the girls to their homes and the ones who like each other can decide to get married.
Another old habit preserved till this day is that in the days of celebration or in the Saturday evenings the boys go to visit the girls. They go two or three at the same girl and they bring “horinca” and talk. When they want to go, the girl guides the boy who she likes at the gate. At the conversation of the young there are present one of the parents or one of the grandparents.
The wedding festival from Vadu Izei
The tradition on Sânziene's day in Maramures
“Sânziene” represent an opportunity of encounter for the young who want to join their destinies, a celebration of love. Everyone is cheerful and open-hearted. In the eve of “Sânziene” the girl and boys that are to get married get together in the village at night fall. There are fairs and the boys light some torches. The big girl pick flower from the fields and twine them into wreaths. Then they throw the crowns over the houses. If they hit the horn it’s a sigh that the wedding is near. At the break of dawn the boys gather together and circulate through the village with “Sânziene” flower at their hats. “Dragaica” is selected. She is proposed from a group of seven girls and must be the most beautiful, obedient and kind girl from the village girls. She is plastered over with wheat-ears. The other girls are wearing white. The formed group goes through the village and at the crossroads the girls dance and sing cheerfully.