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- November 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm #344752
AnonymousNovember 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm #404744
AnonymousQuote:My cousins in Geraltov, Slovakia set up some pictures. The people are mostly ethnic Rusyns and one is from a Vatra that was held on May 1st. The other is a picture from the winter, with a nice covering of snow in the village.
Pls tell me more about the Vatra. Is this a custom? In my home town in north-west Greece we have it as well.November 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm #404745
The Vatra means bonfire and comes from the proto-slavic word for fire. In Romania it means hearth and I think it means fire in Serbian. if i'm wrong, I'm sure a Serb will corrent me. I think it was a pre-Chrisitan fire festival held in the spring or summer as a way to unite the scattered Ruthenian people form all sides of the Carpathian mountains.
In the New World it became a religious, cultural and music festival. I think it started up in Europe agian in the early 80's. I'm also thinking that these festivals are not specific to Ruthenians. Sadly, I also think in the new world, that they are used to establish differences between Lemkos, Rusyns, and Ukranians. i would think they would be a great way for all to share common bonds, not bicker over identity.November 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm #404746
I am not very familiar where vatra comes from but all I know is that I used to enjoy this parties with fellas since I was 12. Every simple year. Our record was like 6 metres, not lighted up. It was huge!November 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm #404747
Torch it up Miso!November 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm #404748
Embers were still hot after two days of rain! Was awesome standing like 5 metres away from it and u felt heat so strong u had to turn around!November 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm #404749
There is nothing like a bonfire to have a good time out in the woods. I wonder if May 1st is common for all Vatras? The Kelts had bonfires on April 30th to celebrate New Year'sNovember 22, 2012 at 9:20 am #404750
I have no idea but I will definitely check it once I get some free time.
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