Martisor

Last week, Moldovans celebrated one of my favorite holidays, which is called Marțişor (pronounced mar-tsee-shore).  This holiday is celebrated every year on March 1st and is an ancient tradition that celebrates the coming of spring.  In ancient times, the marțişor (amulets) were created using small pebbles painted white and red and arranged on a string.  The … Continue reading Martisor

100 Zile | 100 Days Celebration

Two weeks ago, I was invited by one of my partner teachers to go to her daughter's 1st grade class's 100 Days Celebration.  Each year, the 1st grade classes celebrate the first 100 days of school with a big performance and party.  They dressed up and each girl wore a big yellow bow in her … Continue reading 100 Zile | 100 Days Celebration

Moldovan Wedding #2

I was fortunate to attend my first Moldovan wedding just 3 weeks after I arrived in-country in 2016 (read about the wedding here).  That time, my host parents were the new couple's nanași (wedding godparents), so I was able to be super involved in the entire event: I helped the bride get dressed and ready, saw the … Continue reading Moldovan Wedding #2

Double the Holidays

Here in Moldova, many people celebrate the winter holidays (Christmas and New Year) twice!  The first celebration happens on December 25th, with Christmas.  Then, New Year is celebrated on January 1st.  But it's not over then! Moldovans also celebrate the two holidays based on the "old" calendar, with Christmas falling on January 7th and New … Continue reading Double the Holidays

Vacation is Over, and It’s Not as Bad as I Thought

Today was the first day back to school after a little over two weeks of vacation, which I spent in the United States with my family.  I have to admit that after a long and difficult trip back to Moldova, I was kind of dreading having to get up this morning and get back into … Continue reading Vacation is Over, and It’s Not as Bad as I Thought