Simbra Oilor

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Simbra Oilor (Sheep Counting)

May
Simbra (or Sambra) Oilor is a rural folk festival held in parts of Romania, including Transylvania and Banat. In May people herd sheep to the mountains for summer grazing. But before they leave, on the morning of Simbra Oilor all the sheep are milked in order to estimate how much cheese each will produce. This cheese will then be paid throughout the summer to those who own the sheep. Afterwards, there is a community potluck feast.
In some places a similar festival is held in the fall when the sheep are brought back down from the mountains.
CONTACTS:
Romanian National Tourist Office
355 Lexington Ave., 19th Fl.
New York, NY 10017
212-545-8484; fax: 212-251-0429
www.romaniatourism.com
SOURCES:
FoodFestDanube-1969, p. 243
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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