“In the Moldovan landscape fixed among good people, the discreet nobility of the soul in this blessed province, I feel as if I am in my most favourable element. I feel in osmosis and in harmony with everything that is Moldovan”.
George Enescu (1881-1955), composer, violinist, music director, pianist and educator (Romanian Moldavia)
The founding legend of Moldova
“Me, whenever I hear Doina, I seem to hear Moldova crying in her past glory. “
Vasile Alecsandri, poet, playwright, folklorist, diplomat, Romanian politician and founding member of the first National Party of Moldova
Founding Mythology of the Principality of Moldavia in the Fourteenth Century
Dragoş Vodă, prince of the Maramures, en route one day to go hunting, decided to cross the Carpathian Mountains to the east to reach the vast plains on the other side. On the way, a massive buffalo appeared, and he began to follow him.
Walking in his footsteps, the hunters met the bourgeois, whom they led to the river.
When the buffalo was desperately thrown into the river, before being killed by the prince’s archers, he was swept away by the evil whirlwind before being drowned in the waters.
Struck by sorrow and mourning, Dragos decided to baptize this river Moldova after which he decided to resume his march by exploring these lands that no one had trod before.
In memory of this tragic event on the river, the Prince decided to found an independent country on this territory, Moldova, freed from the yoke of Hungarian domination.
We all know that the Moldovans have a unique characteristic, which is sometimes lacking to other peoples. The sense of hospitality. Over the years, the Moldovans have been portrayed, including by themselves, as warm, welcoming, peaceful with a clear focus on family, tradition, faith and, of course, on the homeland.
One of the qualities of the Moldavians mentioned by Dimitri Cantemir in “Description of Moldova” is hospitality. It is said that the Moldovan is very welcoming to relatives and friends, but especially vis-à-vis foreigners. It is said that most foreigners who visit the Moldovan localities remain stunned by the openness and unconditional generosity offered by their hosts, characteristics that can apply almost universally to the inhabitants of this country.
The reception of visitors is an important moment in every family. The proof is in the preparation and decoration of the house, especially the “Casa Mare” intended to receive guests. The “Casa Mare” must be ready to receive guests at any time of the year and day. It is a matter of honour for a family to maintain order in the house and to have a good quality food supply.
A good way to get in touch with the Moldovan “way of being” is undoubtedly to participate in one of the celebrations where people feel at ease, a marriage, a baptism or, of course, the blessing of a home or a village – in the countryside, these celebrations are always full of vitality and freshness. In order to understand the deep essence or typology of the Moldovan nation, it is sometimes necessary to observe the expressions, gestures, responses and relationships between loved ones. Scrutinizing not to miss anything: neither the religious ceremony – the wedding – that begins in the afternoon, the place where the ceremony will take place, nor the traditional carpets hand-woven, nor the party that lasts until dawn and, of course, neither the opportunity to taste the best wines and dishes, you will understand how essential it is to have a family, by respecting traditions and their permanent nature.
“From any corner of the world, home you will go
With your soul, with your thoughts, here is your country!”