February is known to be the month with the coldest temperatures here in Canada, but also the month with plenty of winter festivals to enjoy in normal times, as well as the month of love.
Around the world, in February there are different cultural customs from ancient rituals celebrating the victory of good over evil, to celebrating the coming spring season or expressing love to each other. They all have in common the expression of triumph, kindness, love, joy and respect of everything that surrounds us.
Dragobete, a Romanian traditional love celebration
Dragobete, the Romanian’s holiday of love is celebrated each year on February 24th and has its roots in the Romanian mythology an old-age cultural traditions dating back to the Dacian times.
The legend’s main character, Dragobete, who is the son of Baba Dochia (“old lady Dochia”), the daughter of the last Dacian King Decebalus, is pictured as being a courageous, kind and loving young man. He is the patron saint of love and cheerfulness who didn’t use his powers to make people fall in love, but rather to encourage them to never stop celebrating love.
This traditional Romanian holiday also marks the beginning of the rebirth of nature, when farmers start preparing for spring planting crops activities, and the birds begin to build their nests and mate. It is the reason why this day is known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”.
During Dragobete’s traditional celebration the boys (young men) and girls (young women) would search for wild spring flowers in their nearby, either forests or plains. The boys would run after girls they like and when they would catch her, they will kiss, if the girl likes him back. That is how they announce their love to the community.
Traditionally those who are single would meet a person they are attracted to and a simple hug will turn their love life for the best.
I am inviting you to discover on this wonderful written blog interesting information about Drogobete’s legend and some particular traditional advices that are still practiced these days by Romanians, on how ones have to behave on this particular day, in order to properly celebrate love.
Small gestures to show kindness
During these unprecedented times, we can all celebrate love and show kindness using small gestures as:
- Picking up the phone and call an old friend or acquaintance.
- Virtually chat with a loved one.
- Help you elderly family members or neighbours with shopping or snow removal chores.
- Dare to contact somebody that was recommended to you.
- Engage in social media groups and make new friends.
- Show compassion and support to those in needs.
How do you celebrate love?
- Love, Mihaela