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InterviewsStory: Who is Marius??
Posted on Sunday, May 01 @ 18:27:35 CDT
Topic: Interviews
From Romania to Greece...
Marius, volunteer in the TES-HIENET EVS project, has only been in Romania for one day in the last eight months and he doesn’t really miss his country… So their must be a lot of experiences that compensate for the hot summers and snowy winters and beautiful autumns and springs, hills and mountains, forest and the Black Sea he tells me about. Marius decided to become a volunteer to come in contact with people from different cultures and get to know different ways of thinking. He’s interested in how people try to solve issues in other ways and tries to extract the best from everything. Since he didn’t expect anything, he was ready for everything. Things usually work out fine when you keep both feet on the ground, he assures me. Just be realistic; be prepared to offer a lot and you will get even more without realizing it. What he doesn’t like are fatalistic people that don’t take their life in their own hands out of the belief that they’re not able to change it in any case. Sometimes Romanians have this mentality; even young people look for an excuse not to take the initiative. Considering the history of continuous occupation by Romans, Turkish, Hungarians, Russians, Germans and having experienced the cold war from the East side, Marius can understand the origin to this attitude. But they do their best to get the job done, he smiles. The religion in his country is Christian-Orthodox. People try to keep the tradition but Marius considers what’s deep inside far more important. Most people go to church every Sunday because they were told to do so and everybody does. Marius himself is not really concerned with official church activities. He tries to keep in peace and balance with himself. He gives meaning to life in getting the best of every moment without being negligent and keep the consequences in mind.

Oana, 19 years, tells me more about the Easter customs in Romania. The 5th week of the holey fast, her family starts cleaning the house, baking, dying eggs… As Orthodox Christian, she tries to keep the religious side in mind. During the fast she doesn’t eat meat or any other animal products like milk or cheese. She also participates in special ceremonies in church when they sing prayers, ‘canons’, for forgiveness of the sins. After confession to the priest, the people receive the blessed wine and pieces of bread that symbolize the body and blood of Christ. In the night of the resurrection they have a celebration with songs, as in Greece, and get the holey light. After the end of the ceremony, around five o’clock in the morning, people go home and try to keep this light burning to get it into their house. The food they’ll eat in the morning is also blessed in this ceremony. Sunday they get first some rest at home. Then the table is set for a very rich breakfast. The whole family enjoys the kosanak, a special kind of pie with nuts and cheese, and everyone gets eggs to break two by two, while saying “Christos a inviat!” –“Adwazat a inviat!” (Christ has raised from the death –Indeed he has)
For Marius the social part of the Easter ceremony is the most important. He enjoys the time together with his family, meeting people at the church and having a good time together. That’s what Easter is about, in his opinion. “There should be more Easters!”


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