Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flower Power

The dahlia is painted onto Dalian's name day cake. Nice touch.


Floriile is a special day in Romania. On the last Sunday before Easter custom calls for Romanians to celebrate those they know who were named after a flower. Some examples: Florin, Florina, Margareta, Dalia, Viorica, Crina. The literal translation would be that this is their "flower name day". It is very similar to a birthday- you receive phone calls wishing you a happy name day, friends visit your house and you could even receive gifts. More detail about this day can be read here. We were invited to a barbecue on Floriile to celebrate Dalian's "flower name day". Although it sounds very strange to have a day celebrating your name, it is quite commonplace here.

*I should also note that if you are named after a saint, the saint's day is also your "name day". Thus the same activities apply. To me these are like bonus birthdays.


My story:

Girl meets boy.
Love strikes.
Boy moves to Romania,
girl (now engaged) follows suit.

I'll be living abroad for the first time in my life beginning January 11th 2011. Follow this blog if you want to see my adventures.