What makes the world go round
Bucharest International Air Show
Festival of Light
Bucharest, 23rd June
Sânziană is the Romanian name for gentle fairies who play an important part in local folklore, also used to designate the yellow flowers used in crowns. Under the plural form Sânziene, the word designates an annual festival in the fairies’ honor. Etymologically, the name comes from the Latin Sancta Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt and moon, also celebrated in Roman Dacia (ancient Romania). Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.
People in the western Carpathian Mountains celebrate the Sânziene holiday annually, on June 24. This is similar to the SwedishMidsummer holiday, and is believed to be a pagan celebration of the summer solstice in June. According to the official position of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the customs actually relate to the celebration of Saint John the Baptist’s Nativity, which also happens on June 24.
The photos are taken at a festivity held inside the garden of an old Woman’s college in Bucharest, found on the Icoanei Str. The even was organized by A.R.C.E.N. and also involved a reading of fragments from Mircea Eliade’s book: Noaptea de Sanziene (The Sanziene’s night), music and dances.
Feeding bats at Luana’s Dream NGO
Bucharest, 21 February 2016
Luana’s Dream is an NGO that focuses on loving all living creatures. It dedicates it’s time and passion to the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals and was created as an homage to a kind and selfless veterinarian who unfortunately passed away too early.Luana’s Dream is not a dream anymore as more than 100 volunteers keep the Centre going with a lot of visitors entering their doors; from pidgins to foxes and from owl to turtles, all find helping hands and open hearts here.
More than 80 bats (Nyctalus noctula, and some Pipistrellus pipistrellus & Vepsertilio murinusals) were saved by the volunteers earlier this year from a building that went under renovation. They host the bats in their cellar, feed and water them with the help of volunteers every two weeks until their hibernation period is over and they are fit to go free.
Valuable lessons about wildlife and a great deal of care can be found at this centre so I urge people of all ages to get in touch and make a difference because…no animal is ugly, no life is worthless.
Brasov, 16th January
This vibrant project brought together more than 60 volunteers of all ages to sketch and paint the walls of the Children’s Hospital in Brasov. The idea started from a jovial and loving mother, Carnima Nicolescu, who wanted to give the children who were forced to step into the hospital something more than white walls a sober outlook on life.
Many responded with enthusiasm to her call and the hospital also found the art project more than appropriate.
Many such projects are planed in the future to brighten up other hospitals and bring joy and health through smiles and imagination to many.
Bucharest, 10 January 2016
At the feet of an urban landscape lies the untameable wild. Nature grasped this man-made accumulation lake, spanning over 6km in length, and now owns it with its beauty.
More than 300 people visited this new ecosystem in two groups organised by representatives of the Geography Archive Association of Bucharest.
Thank you to Andrei Ionel for the passion he showed in organising this lovely tour!
Great Union Day
Brasov, 1st December
The National Holiday of Romania that marks the unification of Transylvania but also of the provinces of Bassarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom, in 1918.
It is celebrated with music, dance, laying of wraths in memory of the fallen and military display and marches.
In Brasov the representatives of the old clans: Junii Brasovului, attend the ceremony to show their respect and embellish the celebration with their colourful costumes and traditions. Their ancestors attended the Great Union the happened in Alba-Iulia in 1918.
Bucharest International Air Show
Bucharest, 20 June 2015
The 7th edition of the International Air Show brought upon the sky of the capital a variety of plane and helicoper models from around the world.
In the photos you can admire the skill and elegance of these brave and passionate teams:
- Hawks of Romania – Extra 300 Flight formation
- Romanian Air Club – White Wings, gliders performance
- Turkish Stars – NF-5 Flight Formation
- Jurgis Kairys – SU 31 Solo Performance
The Festival of Light
Bucharest, 16 May 2015
Under the concept: “Enjoy the little pleasures of life” Romanian scouts of all ages organised the 11th edition of the Festival of Light.
More than 25 cities were glowing with the light of the handmade paper lanterns and the smiles of everyone who found joy in lighting a candle – and wishing their troubles away…