Saturday, 12 March 2011



Why did no-one tell me about this in 12 years in Romania? 9 March is the religious holiday of "Mucenici" in memoriam of the 40 martyrs killed in Sevastia. Housewives prepare pretzels in form of number 8, then they make a kind of soup with a lot of sugar, nuts and cinnamon and of course the pretzels. There is also a tradition to drink 40 - but some say 44 - glasses of wine. 

An American posted this on Facebook and I imagined Romanians had been playing a joke but no. Sounds more fun than Ash Wednesday. 

Actually this is not I know true because Lent is a great joy and dissipation, as Nietzsche said and as everyone over 30 knows, conceals a great deal of melancholy. But how very little I know about Romania.

On this subject I quote a line by Katherine Anne Porter:

"They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not."

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