Another beautiful winter custom in Romania, is the dance of „the goat”.
This custom lasts from Christmas until New Year. The masks of only one animal, whose name varies from a region to another, replace many times the biblical characters: stag in Hunedoara, goat or „turcă” in Moldavia and Ardeal, „borită” in South Transylvania.
This custom is also called „brezaia” in Wallachia and Oltenia, because of the multicoloured appearance of the mask. A noisy children group accompanies the mask.
The goat jumps, jerks, turns round, and bends, clattering regularly the wooden jaws.
In town, this show is to be remarked by its originality of the costumes and of the choreography.
This tradition comes from the ancient Roman people and it reminds us of the celebration of the ancient Greek gods.
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