Feast of the Blajini

Blajini, Feast of the (Sarbatoarea Blajinilor)

April-May; second Monday after Easter
Among rural people in Romania there is a widespread belief in the existence of the Blajini, the "Meek" or "Kindly Ones"—a lost race who don't understand the ways of human beings, keep to themselves, and live in a fairy-land "by the Sunday-water." They are beloved by God because of their purity and innocence. On the Monday after Easter Monday, Romanian women and children throw red Easter egg shells on running streams, since they believe that all the world streams eventually flow into a single river, alongside of which live the Blajini. Their hope is that the Blajini will find the shells and know it is time to celebrate the Easter feast.
BkFest-1937, p. 277
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 249
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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