Today’s events include:
Today’s focus: Dragobete
Referred to as Romanian Valentine’s Day. Also bears the names of ap de primavară (Beginning of Spring), Santion de primavara (Saint John of the Spring), Ioan Dragobete (John the Dragobete) or Logodnicul Pasarilor (Fiancé of Birds).
Dragobete was teh son of Baba Dochia, who is the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the winter. This day, considered locally as the first day of Spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens collect the snow from the ground and melt it, using the water in magiacl potions thorughout the rest of the year.
Those participating in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness for the rest of the year.
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