After the completion of the agricultural work, when the village world enters a period of relative rest, the season of the harvesters begins.
The settlers are community meetings with a lucrative but also fun character, the village world pleasantly combining the work with the fun. They are the place where you learn practical skills, but there are also many habits.
It may seem unbelievable, but there are still areas where these traditions are still preserved.
At Christmas, the main domestic concern was related to the textile industry, and the torso of hemp, flax and wool was made with more pleasure, with more spur and in much better conditions during community meetings.
The seeders could be organized ad-hoc, on working days, at one or more houses, and were of several types.
They could have a helping nature, when more women or young people participated in the torso of the hemp or the wool of a housewife, the operation being repeated, then, at each participant's house or there could be meetings where each participant twisted their own material .
Seasonings took place in the evenings of all working days, the place being announced in advance.
The housekeeper in the house where the meeting took place was preparing with frugal drink and food, and announces the flak, in case they were not informed about the dryer's walk.
The house was ruined and several lavatories or chairs were prepared for the torchers.
Once the darkness left, the women started with their torso forks to the house where the cutting was taking place.
In the event that the party had the purpose of helping, after the arrival of all the guests, they were distributed equally, the amount they had to torso that night. When the cutter was just a community gathering opportunity, everyone brought home what they had to wear.
The saddles were organized not only for the torso of the textile fibers, but also for the scarmanate of wool, scarmanate of feathers, etc. Shirts were never sewed in dryers, this operation being done individually by each housewife or young girl, in their own home.
After the participants were given their "portion", to create a pleasant atmosphere, they were served with a glass of sweetened tuna, usually with honey bees.
Once the season started, the participants exchanged information about the daily life in the village and commented on the most important events that took place in their own community or in the neighboring localities.
Who speaks the same, who listens to the collection
Then there were riddles, proverbs and sayings, ballads were sung or spoken, unpublished folklore that have been kept to this day transmitted in the most lazy way.
Within this, the girls were integrated and consecrated in the community of women, beginning to acquire, on this occasion, practical and spiritual skills.
In the secateurs, the ritual aspects and meanings of the popular holidays were revealed and the individual behavior was learned.
In the seasons that took place before Christmas and New Year, carols and greetings were learned and repeated, and detailed discussion of the proper preparation of these holidays.
At one point, the work ceases, the participants being served with different preparations by the host, depending on his social status or his material possibilities.
Chance of songs and good cheer
The people, knowing from time to time the place of the harvesters, wandered in groups accompanied by musicians to all the houses where such meetings were held.
Often, they organized themselves in the evening, spreading out on houses, so that, towards the end of the season, they would appear with music to cheer the atmosphere.
When they entered the house, the work was abandoned. The musicians, good connoisseurs of local customs, occupied their pre-established places and began to play playing songs.
Girls and even women were invited to play by the flames, some of the girls now playing for the first time, and the youngest of them now learning the game steps. The atmosphere was growing in joy and good mood. On this occasion even the elders of the neighbors, invited to the dryers, played.
They, in order not to disturb the young ones, went up and danced on the wide and massive lavitifs that surrounded the walls. This is how the game song "Ca pe laita" or "Baba fat" appeared in Bukovina.
The game was alternated with a lot of debate with the rest periods, when those present were served with food and drink, and with the working ones, when jokes and speeches were spoken.
The drownings, carried out in all their fullness until the late 1960s, were a real social institution and were a form of community help, but also a pleasant time to spend time in the long winter nights, to develop habits and habits. for learning the skills of life and work.
Even if they were held during the Christmas period, the fun aspect was tolerated, because within them were learned the carols and the wishes that were to be spoken during the winter holidays.
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