Sarbatoarea verii

⁃ Mami, pot sa te intreb ceva?

⁃ Da, iubito, poti sa ma intrebi orice vrei!

⁃ Daca toamna are sarbatoarea ei, Hallowen-ul, iarna sarbatoarea ei, Craciunul, primavara sarbatoarea ei, Pastele, vara de ce nu are si ea o sarbatoare a ei?

⁃ …. Are! Ziua Copilului, 1 Iunie!

⁃ Nu mama, aia nu e sarbatoare, aia e o zi! Eu ma refeream la o sarbatoare adevarata a verii! De ce nu are si vara sarbatoare ei?

Da’ chiar asa, de ce nu are si vara sarbatoarea ei?

All-Hallows-even

Or should I just write Hallowen?

Until a few years back, I didn’t knew much about this celtic celebration of the deads. It was the movies and my daughter who gave the only meaning to this evening: we would dress in costumes, carve a Jack-o-lantern pumpkin and go “trick or treat”. Because throwing a Hallowen party in the pandemic it can be a little … tricky.

We are orthodox, not by choice, but by birth and we celebrate the deaths in the last Saturday of October. And we have some similar traditions for this evening too: we light candles ( not in pumpkins) and we prepare some food ( not only candies) to give away ( to treat). And we go to the cemetery and we light a candle to the graves of our relatives or friends that are no longer with us. We remember them and we celebrate their live. It’s the “Saturday of the deaths”

This year we kept the tradition: we made a pie, found a witch ( a small and very pretty one) and we carved a scary faced pumpkin. We took the little witch and the pumpkin and we went trick or treat.

We had some dinner and the story says that the pumpkin didn’t return home with us…

Pumpkins and turkeys and giving thanks

When your daughter likes pumpkins and Hallowen and Thanksgiving dinners (even if you don’t live in the US) what can you do?

You buy her books about it and you read them together. And you carve pumpkins and make Hallowen costumes and go trick or treat with her.

And then she will make the Thanksgiving menu and ask you to include some turkey in it and some gravy, of course. And corn and potatoes. But not sweet potatoes, she doesn’t like sweet potatoes. And a pumpkin pie she will help making. And some edamame, she loves edamame. What if they are not a Thanksgiving tradition? Since she is making the menu, she can put anything she wants on it.

And then she will repeat the menu daily, in case you have a bad memory. I don’t have.

And then we will have a small Thanksgiving dinner, just the three of us, because we will be on a lockdown by then. But hey, it was a fun autumn, full of stories about pumpkins and turkeys and everything!

Pumkins and Thanksgiving stories