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Pomenirea mortilor sau mosii de iarna / Celebrating those that passed away – winter edition

O vorba romaneasca spune ca “cine nu are batrani, sa si-i cumpere”. Odata cu timpul omul capata intelepciune, si emana cu smerenie sentimente puternice care impun respect. Cel putin asa era bunica mea, care m-a crescut. Mi-a insamantat un suflet si memorie bunatate si caldura, compasiune pt cei din jur si respect pt cei plecati dintre noi. Datorita ei am invatat si eu ca legatura cu pamantul este foarte puternica si am inteles mai tarziu de ce “despre morti se vorbeste numai de bine”. Bunica mea tinea obiceiurile si pomenile. Parastasele sunt menite sa ajute sufletele celor plecati dintre noi pe lumea cealalta dar si sufletele noastre ale celor care ne gandim la ei. Nu era o femeie bisericoasa dar avea frica de Dumnezeu si a stiut sa traiasca dupa legile crestinismul in felul ei propriu, simplu si personal.

Bunica mea draga a fost o femeie despre care nu s-au auzit povesti rasunatoare si a carei disparitie a fost sincer regretata de toti cei care au cunoscut-o. Asa se face ca acum, de cate ori facem pomeni, ne gandim la ea si ne rugam pt sufletul ei, pt ca stim ca ea ne vegheaza de sus.

Anul acesta pomenirea de iarna a mortilor, sau mosii de iarna a fost prilej de amintire a celor dragi. Am gatit mancare, si eu si mama mea, si bunica din partea mamei, si am incropit vase de impartit. Este important ca mancarea sa fie gatita in casa de mainile celor care mai apoi o vor da mai departe.

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Eu m-am ocupat de dulciuri si am pregatit o prajitura colorata de primavera, cornulete cu osanza dupa reteta bunicii pierdute, sit arte cu fructe, pt ca atat ei cat si celorlalti morti pomeniti, le placeau dulciurile.

Se pregatesc mereu un numar impar de vase pe care se pune mancarea gatita, se pune alaturi si o cana de vin si apoi se aprind lumanari si se tamaie spunanad o rugaciune.

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Aceste obiceiuri nu trebuie uitate. Este de datoria noastra a tuturor sa le pastram, asa cum ne pastram identitatea si unicitatea.

Dumnezeu sa ii ierte pe cei plecati.

English version:

A Romanian saying tells us that ” those who don’t have an elder, should buy one”. With time the man grows into wisdom, and with humility he emanates powerful feelings that impose respect. At least that was how my grandmother, whom I grew up, was. She seeded in my soul and memory kindness and warmth, compassion for others and respect for the departed. She thought me that the link between soul and land is very strong and I understood later on  why “of the dead you tell only the good things.” My grandmother kept all customs with honor. The days when we celebrate the departed are designed to help their souls in the after world but also our souls of those who think of them. My granny was a woman who feared God, she didn’t went often to the church but she knew how to live by the laws of Christianity in her own way, simple and personal.
My dear grandmother was a woman of whom one did not hear stories and whose disappearance was honestly regretted by all who knew her. So it is that now, whenever we mention those that passed away, we think of her and pray for her soul, for we know that she is watching us from above.
This year memorial of the , the winter edition or winter estates was an occasion for remembrance of dead loved ones. We cooked food, me and my mother and my maternal grandmother, and we gave it  away to poor people as we say by them the souls of the dead feed by this. It is important that food is cooked at home at the same  hands of those who cooked it to give it away later on.
I was very busy last week and I prepared a colorful spring cake, Romanian croissants with lard, a recipe I have from my late granny and fruity tarts as those we remembered used to love sweets.
We always prepare an odd number of dishes and lay on it the cooked food, then add a cup of wine and then light candles saying a prayer.
These practices should not be forgotten. It is the duty of us all to keep them as keep our identity and uniqueness.
God forgive those that passed away…

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