Local traditions and culture in Moldova

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    Maiking wine

    by Lion_Beat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yes, making wine is probably the biggest tradition of ours...

    I cannot even imagine what we would of become without the art of making wine! The oldest of all tradition will die only with us.

    Just yesterday I made some new (first this year) wine out of Bacon.... ummm... what can be more pleasant then tasting the first wine in this year?!

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    Unexpected Literacy Problems

    by lotharlerch Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Romanian is the only one official language in Moldova. It is written in Latin characters, like inRomania. But in Soviet time Romanian was called here "Moldavian" and had to be written in Kyrillic characters as it is still done in the Stalinist theme park Transnistria. But there are quite some Russians and Ukrainians living in Moldova west of the Dnister river.

    When I left Moldova by bus to the Ukrainian Chernivtsy via the same small checkpoint where I entered a few days ago the Moldovan frontier procedure seemed to be as straightforward as on entering, after 2 minutes all the Moldovan and Ukrainian passports were checked but they kept my passport and went with it to one of the containers forming the checkpoint. After quite a while they came back and asked me very friendly to come with them to this container. I was sure that everything was OK, I had a valid visa and did not overstay. I followed them and entered and I was shown something which looked like a school notebook. There was a table with hand-drawn lines marking the columns. The headings of these columns were hand written in Romanian with Latin characters, of course, meaning Family name, First name, Fathers name, Date iof Birth, etc,, etc. And in the first line below was written - in the same handwriting in block letters - name and data of an exemplary (obviously not real) non-post-Soviet traveller, as far as I remember something like Ahmed Al Mansour from Syria, Doctor, etc.. So I had to help them by showing them into which columns to write my respective data to register my passport. It was quite obvious that they were not able to read the Romanian column headings in their own notebook. Of course that was no problem with the Ukrainian and Moldavian passport holders which were almost exclusively crossing the frontier at this checkpoint. Only other nationals had to be registered and obviously almost all staff here were Russian or Ukrainian native speakers. There are living plenty of them also in Moldova west of the Dnister River.

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    When visiting churches

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    The following rules do not apply in all churches, as it is up to the priest to decide.
    However, we found it useful (especially in Chisinau) to make small donations before asking for permission to take pictures inside the churches. This worked everywhere, except for the Cathedral in Unirii square in Chisinau.

    Secondly, in some churches women are asked to cover their heads, so if you don’t have anything to cover with you won’t enter. Altough it was not our case, i can imagine shorts are not allowed as well.

    All Saints Church, Chisinau All Saints Church, Chisinau All Saints Church, Chisinau
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    Money

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    You’ll find plenty of exchange houses near the railways station in Chisinau, and the general trend was the closer to the railway station, the more disadvantageous the rate.

    However, there is no ATM near the railway station.

    The closest ATM is at Victoria Bank, at the ground floor of a tall building in a large crossroad on the right, towards the city centre.

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    Family

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Family is an amazingly important institution in FSROM. Or so it appeared to us while travelling by buses around the country during the week-end, with the radio playing music on request. All the songs, whether folk or pop or mixed were talking about family, mother, grandmother, distance from home, missing your lover back home and so on. And how can people be otherwise, with all the picturesque scenery stimulating a nostalgic contemplation of life.

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    Weddings

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Plenty of weddings everywhere you turn, as if they’d been prohibited for a decade or so. Colourful, cheerful and noisy wedding gatherings testify not only for the particular significance of family values, but also to continuity of traditions.

    Married couples in Soroca used to visit the fortress of Stefan cel Mare and then make a short stop and a dance at a monument on a hilltop just outside the town. Remembrance and celebration, followed by an all-night-long party to maximise the joy of that unique day in one’s life.

    As long as you’re quiet and not too intrusive, people even enjoy being taken pictures during their happiest moments.

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    Dancing all the time:)

    by ZiOOlek Written Feb 5, 2006

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    Moldavian people seem to be really cheerful and happy. For sure, they love to dance. When you turn on a TV set you may see on many channels people dancing or singing. I have seen even Moldavian Prime Minister dancing with children in a kondergarten.:) It was so spontanious...

    I spent New Year's Eve on the main square in Chisinau and there were lots of regional groups singing (only Moldavian). And almost all people were dancing, in their tipical, unique style. It is hard to describe it, but it was in a ring and using special steps.

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    Martisor

    by Lion_Beat Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Martisor should be read as 'Martsishor'.
    First spring month is celebrated in Moldova in a beutiful way.
    People celebrate the rebirth of life after the hard winter.
    Men offer small pendants (martisors) - mostly good luck symbols to the ladies (and viceversa). The martisors have a red and white thread attached to them symbolizing the meeting of the cold and hot season.)
    Martisors are exchanged as signs of friendship or love and pinned on the outside of a shirt or coat, on the left side, over your heart.

    If you come in March ask someone to tell the legend of Martisor!

    March (all the month) in Moldova people have Martisor Festival (Spring festival).
    Many special concerts and cultural events are held during Martisor.

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    Moldovans and Russians are...

    by PashenkaMD Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Moldovans and Russians are different. They are VERY different. There are good things about both. You should learn to appriciate both.

    The Moldovans are of Romanian decent thusly being Latin in orgin.

    The Russians are a mixture of Ukrainian and True High Russian blood. They are of Slavic orgin.

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    The country of...

    by Lion_Beat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vineyards and Orchids

    ..that's the image of Moldova!
    Vineyards everywhere! Beautiful vineyards!

    Totul e vii, livezi... vii le vezi si te duci :)

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    street Markets

    by Lion_Beat Written Aug 22, 2003

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    Piata!
    can be interesting to visit the street market for you, and the prices here are as low as possible, maybe you don't even imagine how cheap it is.
    And try to get into the spirit of the "piata"!

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    Traditional wrestling

    by Lion_Beat Written Aug 21, 2003

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    Tranta!

    This is a traditional moldavian wrestling called - tranta.

    The prize of course is a live young lamb!

    Tranta / Wrestling
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