By Nikolin Svetlana
Maramuresh region in north-western part of Romania is a real living museum of this south-east European country.
Surrounded by tall mountains and heavy forests Maramuresh is the home of picturesque villages which have preserved their traditional way of life and rural culture to at fascinating extent almost impossible to be seen nowadays in Europe.
Known for their beautiful woodcarvings, tall big gates and wooden churches people of Maramuresh have kept their beautiful traditional customs which due to their uniqueness attract lot of visitors. In the villages scattered on the slopes of mountains one can even today find homes which are equipped and decorated like centuries ago.
Brightly coloured embroideries, towels, tablecloths and rugs are displayed in decorated interiors and on walls and beds. People from this region have retained a lot from the past and even today many wear their traditional folk dresses and live in cosy wooden houses that have huge yards with characteristic heavily wood-carved beamed gates, the size of which indicates the family’s status and prosperity.
The festivals of the people of Maramuresh, especially the one connected with Christmas are very expressive and colourful having roots in ancient times. The way of life and sticking to their tradition which is visible in every segment of the life of people of Maramuresh has made this historical region the last fairyland in this part of the world.
journalist/ editor in chief monthly news paper ‘Trgoprodukt’ (1982-1990)
freelance journalist from1990
editor in chief – non profit
intercultural magazin “XXI Century” (2006-2016)
independent researcher on intercultural dialogue, minorities and small ethnic communities of the Balkans (Banat Bulgarians, Aromanians)
specialised ”XXI Century” magazine editions:
”Palchens in Banat”
”Aromanians of Pancevo city”
Aegeo (Egej) travel book
‘Small anthology of Aromanian poetry’
‘ Aromanian old songs’
‘Aromanians in south Banat’/project book)
‘The nomads of the Balkans’ -(translation project book)
coordinator in NGO”In Medias Res” department for small ethnic communities and intercultural dialogue ( from 2006 to 2016)