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    Anonymous

    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. 

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    Anonymous
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    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. 

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    Pls tell me more about the Vatra. Is this a custom? In my home town in north-west Greece we have it as well.

    #404745

    Anonymous

    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. 

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    #404746

    Anonymous

    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. :D It was huge!  :D

    #404747

    Anonymous

    Torch it up Miso!

    #404748

    Anonymous

    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!  :D

    #404749

    Anonymous

    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's

    #404750

    Anonymous

    I have no idea but I will definitely check it once I get some free time.  ;)

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