When we were invited to dinner by the mayor a few days ago he asked us to also take part in the most important festivity of the town, the Birth of Mary. Of course we gathered with many other villagers in the church to celebrate this Christian event which marks the beginning of the orthodox ecclesiastical year. Service was then followed by a public meal with more than 150 attendees in the presence of the priests who conducted the ceremony and came to Peştera from as far as Constanța. To most of us who are unfamiliar with orthodox rites and Romanian traditions this day provided a memorable experience of religious and communal life.

The local press covered the event. Find the article here and feel free to look for familiar faces of LoDanS participants in the pictures.

In church

In church

In church

Illuminated by rays of light

 

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