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If summer is the season that awakens memories of wonderful holidays full of adventures, then surely all of us know that winter is the season of carols and sledding. Unfortunately, Winter fairy hasn’t been so generous with snow this year, but on customs related to the winter holidays we cannot complain.

On January 12, the House of Culture from Speia village held a traditional meeting about winter customs, attended by local elders and young people from both sides of Nistru River. The purpose of the meeting was to give young people the opportunity to learn more about the winter traditions and customs, but also to organize a cultural exchange between them.

Thus, young people provided a lot of information about local traditions. In addition, the left bank children danced as village elders taught them, and the right bank young people came with a custom Speia unpracticed in the village: the goat.

The audience was happy. Among the spectators were also volunteers of PO “Filocalia”, actively involved in the project „Development of creative and professional skills of children from socially vulnerable families from Speia, Grigoriopol, based on the experience of PO “Filocalia” from the right bank”. This project will be conducted in partnership with the NGO “Надежда и будущее” from Speia, until  November 10, 2014 , with the financial support from the EU- UNDP Program “Support to Confidence Building Measures” .

Our volunteer – Tatiana Ungureanu – shared her impressions with us:

” My second visit to beautiful Speia was special, especially with reference to its theme – «winter customs and traditions.” We lived unrepeatable moments, with special opportunity to attend a great concert at a traditional meeting as I have never seen before. My eyes and my ears were delighted by a small time travel through carols and elders performance combined with incredibly beautiful dresses. Moreover, the very sincere emotions of the people who performed on the stage made me feel the same feelings as when I was a child. Another pleasant moment of our trip was the singing of our dear choir and particularly, the performance of the Goat (our volunteer Alexei Luca), which was very positive and well prepared.”

This project is conducted with the assistance of the “Support to Confidence Building Measures”, financed by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by the United Nations Development Programs, which aims to promote trust between the both sides of Nistru River, by involving the local civil society, business community and other stakeholders of the economic and social development of local communities.