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  • Roots of the dance feast at La Tirana: Spanish and indigenous culture, even Hollywood
    Posted: January 30, 2017 - 4:33pm

    The tradition of religious dance at La Tirana has both indigenous and Spanish roots. After the War of the Pacific, in the late 19th century, the feast at La Tirana became a feast for the Virgen del Carmen, the patroness of Chile.

  • Dancers embody prayer in 10-day feast at La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: January 25, 2017 - 4:09pm

    Normally a town of fewer than 1,000 people, La Tirana fills with more than 200,000 people during the feast, which centers on the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen (July 16), but lasts from July 10-19.

  • Csíksomlyó pilgrimage one of largest annual gatherings in Romania
    Posted: January 5, 2017 - 10:24am

    The pilgrimage to Csíksomlyó for Pentecost is one of the largest annual gatherings of any kind in Romania, attracting 50,000 to 100,000 attendees each year.

  • Pilgrimage, crown viewings, and prayer circles in Romania show devotion to Mary
    Posted: December 16, 2016 - 4:23pm

    Devotion to the Virgin Mary is a strong and everyday part of life in the Transylvanian Hungarian and Catholic community. Attendance at Mass is visibly larger on annual holidays dedicated to Mary, and pilgrimages and prayer circles honor her.

  • In Romania, men and women assume traditional roles for calendrical rituals
    Posted: December 12, 2016 - 11:43am

    Annual calendrical rituals associated with Lent, Easter and Christmas often assume traditional complementary gender roles, but you will see women and men relate to each other in a very different manner in regular life.

  • Radio Maria listeners in Romania divulge stories of Virgin's intercession
    Posted: December 12, 2016 - 10:42am

    Talking about miracles is most popular among volunteers with the new Transylvanian branch of the World Family of Radio Maria, a Catholic media network. The volunteer efforts by women who give their time to Radio Maria are making it more acceptable to tell stories about asking the Virgin Mary for help, but many Catholics in Romania still worry about what others will think if they speak about divine intercessions.

  • Catholic wedding rituals in Romania give both men and women a chance to perform
    Posted: December 8, 2016 - 2:31pm

    Two wedding traditions special to Romanian Catholics include friends of the groom building an arbor of pine poles and flowers to mark the groom's house, and a procession to call out the bride on the day of her wedding. Today's wedding couples prefer contemporary music, while older generations belt out traditional ballads.

  • Saint Anthony devotees travel to Csíksomlyó shrine weekly through spring
    Posted: December 8, 2016 - 11:59am

    Although Saint Anthony is popularly known for finding lost things, devotees say that he is particularly dedicated to helping mothers and children in danger. They show their devotion by traveling to the Csíksomlyó shrine every Tuesday evening from early April until late June, beginning the first week after Easter, for “Saint Anthony’s Large Novena.”

  • Pilgrimages blend family and village history in Romania's Csík Valley
    Posted: December 8, 2016 - 11:44am

    The Pentecost pilgrimage to Csíksomlyó is one of the largest annual religious gatherings in Romania. Meanwhile, two smaller pilgrimages take place in the Csík valley each year, one to visit and leave wildflowers at a statue of Saint Anthony, and another to remember the murder of a 16th-century cardinal.

  • Pictures of saints in the home remind Catholics in Romania to pray, teach faith to children
    Posted: December 8, 2016 - 10:34am

    Pictures of saints and the Virgin Mary on refrigerator doors, kitchen cabinets, and bookcases are not only a way of decorating the home, but they also help people pray and play an important role in providing religious education for children.


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