Weather-lore associated with religious and folklore holidays in Romania

Croitoru, Adina-Eliza; Ungureanu, Madalina-Genoveva; Horvath, Csaba (Articol)

“Traditional knowledge of weather forecasting in connection with religious and folklore holidays is a part of Romanian cultural heritage that existed in the collective memory for decades or even centuries. In this paper we present 12 holidays that are considered to be weather predictable. This study was developed based on different sources: the analysis of both scientific references and information available in online media, as well as on interviews with old people on this topic. The classification of the holydays was made considering the four seasons of the temperate climate, but we also considered the main climatic variable involved, the spatial coverage, as well as the origin of the holiday (Orthodox, Catholic, or pre-Christian). Weather-lore connected to most of the Catholic holidays is similar to that reported for many different regions of the world, whereas that connected to the Orthodox and pre-Christianity holidays is specific to different regions of Romania. Thus, considering the seasons, we found that holidays are distributed along the year in all seasons, with a higher frequency in in winter. For some cases we found out that two holidays are connected by similarity or opposite weather conditions. Classified by climatic variables, most of the relationships are established with temperature, followed by those associated to precipitation and atmospheric instability (thunderstorms).”

Cuvinte cheie: meteorology, romania, traditional holidays, traditional knowledge, and weather-lore

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2018, nr. 1-2, p. 251-262