Happy New Year! La Mults Ani!

This is just a quick note to say Happy New Year to everyone.  I was able to spend most of last week in Satu Mare, about 3 hours by train from Oradea.  I went to visit Ioana (sounds like Yana) who I met a couple of summers ago in Carolina Beach.  It was so nice to catch up and to meet her family.  During the 5 days I was there, I learn a traditional Romanian dance and card game,  heard lots of traditional music, and ate so much new food!  I have to say the mici (fried meat paste) was great, but I was never brave enough to try the beef salad.

Beef Salad

Beef Salad

I also went to an orthodox church service with Ioana and her family.  The building was beautiful.  An orthodox church is not completed until it is fully painted. The painting was not done until this past summer.  The is a wooden screen on the alter.  The screen is in the tradition of curtain in the Jewish temple.  Only men are allowed to go through the screen and then only on the sides.  Priests in full robes can go through the center.  The center symbolizes the gates of heaven.  Although it was beautiful, I have never seen so many sad looking people in a church.  My heart was burdened.
The alter

The alter

Looking up!

Looking up!

Ioana and family took me to the village where her grandparents lived.  It was a really great time and opportunity to practice my language skills.  Now I am back in Oradea.  I will be back in the States next week.

One Response

  1. Wow! This is beautiful! Amazing how the tradition is that it’s not done until it’s painted – did they tell you when they started building the church or how long they’ve been painting?

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