Elements of folklore and folk art

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The communes of the North of Moldavia and of Bucovina seem made, almost all, on the same pattern. Built as if they are for the tourists enjoying the history, nature, churches and monasteries and traditions. And if this is the rule, the commune of Vorona not only complies with it, more, it should be a model. Because you can find here everything- nature, monasteries, fairs of popular traditions. And not only.


For start, you have to arrive there. The first variant would be by train from Liteni. The good part is that you arrive to Liteni, with a passenger slow train, in half an hour from Suceava or Pascani, and in two hours from Iasi or two and a half hours from Bacau. But from there to Vorona there are 14 kilometres, so you better convince a native to bring you to the destination.


Much more simple, is on the road, from Botosani, from where you arrive in about half an hour, by car.  The more simple route from Botosani goes to South on DN 28B, from where you drive a few kilometres, than turn right on DJ 208C. On the last you find three of the commune’s villages – Vorona, Vorona-Teodoru, Vorona-Mare, on DJ 208H other two – Icuseni si Poiana, meanwhile to the last, Joldesti, you arrive on a communal road, not a good one.


What can be seen in this locality which has its origins in the Middle Age, on the period of Alexandru cel Bun(Alexander the Good)? Many things. First, if you want a spiritual tourism or you are simple interested in finding more on this aspect, you will have difficulties in finding something better than Vorona, where two old monasteries and many churches exist.


First, the Vorona nuns monastery, built in the 18th century and which is still marked by those times. It has not less than three churches and a centre of religious books.


Than, at two kilometres, surrounded by woods, a smaller monastery, the one of Sihastria Voronei, from the same period, offers an unique experience, brought, mainly by the two hundreds years old clerical paintings.


The good part for the tourists who want to stay longer? In both monasteries you can find accommodation for the night. Add this to archaeological vestiges such as “Masa talharilor”(The Table of Thieves)  or “Altarul din pestera” (the Altar of the Cave) and further, the Bals Monastery and you will not get bored.


Not only the monasteries deserve to be seen in Vorona. There are also the beech and oak woods- in the village actually being a monument of nature – the Cuza’s Oak, village museums. The Museum of the Icuseni Village, The Museum of the Corona-Mare Villane and the Tugui Gheorghe Museum of Popular Masks, on the last you can see masks on which you may think they are since the pre-Christian age. To all of these you can see popular costumes, religious painting, wood sculpture or different decorative tissues.


But this ethnographic, folklore and traditions show Vorona is offering is not complete without a series of events that take place here. All you have to do is to be there at the right moment. Because, in June you can see either the International Popular Singing, Dancing and Costume “Mostenite din batrâni”(Inherited from Ancient Times)- dedicated to children, either the folkloric festival “Serbarile Padurii” (Woods Festivals), on 8th of September, either the camp of religious painting “Un penel pentru credinta”(A Pencil for Faith), in October or the opening of the “Zilelor Eminescu”(the  Days of Eminescu).


Do you really think that you shall find else where so many traditions and beauties in one place? Maybe. But Vorona is one of the most interesting places you can visit in the North of Romania. And in the whole Romania.


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