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Men's Group Colindat, Christmas-time Ritual

Language: English

On Christmas Eve, groups of young men in villages throughout Romania and the Republic of Moldova go from house to house performing festive songs. The songs have an epic content, which is adapted to each host's individual circumstances. The performers also sing special, auspicious songs for unmarried girls, to help them find a husband within the next year. After the performance, the hosts offer the singers ritual gifts and money. Colindat plays an important role in preserving social identity and cohesion.

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Place/region: Romania, Moldova, South East Europe
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Marian Lupascu, Hadrian Cavrilutiu, Laurentiu Damian
Participant: Group Colindat Published in:
Rights: Institute of Ethnography and Folklore Constantin Brailoiu

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2013-0086500010
Source ref.: DOC:0086500010/CAND:00865
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Institute of Ethnography and Folklore Constantin Brailoiu