I have been looking forward to this day ever since my counterpart first told me about it last summer, “Urcatul Oilor la Munte” (The Sheep Climb the Mountain) or as I like to call it “The Day of the Shepherd”. It has been on my do to list all year long and finally, last Sunday the day came and went too fast.
This festival is celebrated twice a year, once in May when we wave goodbye to the sheep as they climb the mountain and again in August or September when we welcome them back. I’m sure most people won’t find this interesting but for ME the thought of waving goodbye to the animals who have become part of the traffic jams on my street was one of the most exciting festivals I could ever attend. To my surprise, the sheep had gone up to the mountain during the week so I couldn’t wave goodbye but I’m sure I’ll see them this summer on one of my hikes.
The festival was filled with traditional music groups, dances and songs. One of my favorite songs is about the life of a shepherd and the time he spends with his flock. I have grown fond of sheep, mostly because I feel bad for them. Every time I see them they look like they are power-walking, and can’t go as fast as the dog that’s barking behind them wants them to go, simply because their legs are so short…a bit sad but I find them adorable.
After the performances, everyone heads over to the carnival in the woods. Traditional foods and drinks are sold and carnival rides are in abundance. Between bumper cars, carnival swings and other carnival rides I had a great time. Enjoy the pictures and the video at the end!
While I took this video earlier this year, this same group performed at the festival…the second dance is my favorite dance…I don’t know the name of the dance but I like to call it the “Men in Tights Dance”🙂. I’m a fan of the footwork Romanian Dances