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*** SPECIAL EVENT  - Halloween Gypsy Style - Nov 1, 2017 ***

Experience the celebratory - "Day of the Dead" - with the Gypsies

The way it was... 2016 Day of the Dead event in Ceuas

The old traditions live on in tzigania - the Roma/Gypsy community... 

Isolated lifestyle and an affection towards ancestral worship continues to preserve many of the quickly disappearing traditions of old Europe.

The Tzigania Project with community organizer Shaniko Mezei and Gypsy family band "O Terne Jagale" has organized a visit on 
Nov 1, 2017
into the carpe-diem
tzigania at Ceuas (the musicians) to experience the Gypsy celebration that combines
 an obscure blend ofreligious observance with Gypsy "joie de vivre"

A highly emotional Gypsy performance in the cemetery followed by tzigania after party

Gypsy Halloween     Gypsy Halloween     Gypsy Halloween 


                            4:30 PM:  

The day’s event begins in the heart of lively tzigania at home of family band members musicians “O Terne Jagale” (Young One’s on Fire) for some live Transylvanian Gypsy music…. A little warm up and social interaction between guests and community

A variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus assorted cakes served

                           5:30 - 6 PM:Candle-lit March to the cemetery:

   Dusk begins the candle-lit march to the Gypsy cemetery led by team of musicians for the ritual laying of the candles and flowers over the tombs of those who have sadly moved-on.  Emotionaly high Gypsy music and tearful lyrics fills the cemetery. Emotions are high. There is deep sadness remembering lost love ones (mothers – fathers – and children) mingled with a sense of celebration and joy as the Gypsies always manage to find happiness within the sorrow

Sad and sometimes boisterous Gypsy music performaned in the cemetery for the deceased and their mourners

                           8-9 PM

                            Return to tzigania for continuation of celebration – the after party and meal of Gypsy Goulash shared with the communty

(Meal and after party requires minimium of 8 guests to afford costs. Under 8 persons event concludes following cemetery).

10 PM – end

Including your humble guide ChuckTodaro explaining the life, traditions, history and culture… 

Join us for a Gypsy Halloween of fun and learning



- affordabilty is our mission -

Day of the Day Event - Rate not yet calculated...  (Last year 130 lei per/person)

Booking Required. Minimium 5 persons with maximium. NOTE: Respectng the integrty of the communty: we are allowing a maximium of 10 guests. Booking required to insure event, your space and programs. 

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Experience Roma Brahmin:  start the day off at the hierarchal top with a
 meal or coffee and cake option with Gabor: Traditional Roma (high Recommened)


HOMESTAY: There wil be drinking at Day of the Dead therefore park the car and stay the night(s) at Homestay at Ceuas with Musicians 


TRANSPORT to and from event available (limited space available) 

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Gypsy Haloween music

Gypsy Halloween


    In Transylvania – the birthplace of Dracula, locals somberly celebrate what in United States is known as “Halloween” by honoring their dearly departed with a modest display of candles and flowers placed over their graves - but in the Gypsy section of the cemetery it’s a party.


    Halloween’s predecessor, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, colloquially known as “Ziua de Mortilor” (Day of the Dead), is celebrated by the dusk hour march up the hill towards the local cemetery. Families carry baskets of food and drink to be shared around the graves of mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, or in many cases their children. Child mortality rate of Romanian Roma is reported to be four times higher than the majority.


    The ancient tradition that some onlookers perceive as a morbid fascination with death is, for the participators, a surreal inclusion of the deceased in the important social moment of mealtime.  Though the tangible body no longer exists, their presence remains near. They dress-up the dearly departed for the date by polishing the tombstone and decorating the mound in a pattern of colorful flowers and illuminating candles. The picnic baskets are emptied. Food and drink is passed around. The circle of friends and family toast the deceased. A toast never begins without a symbolic thumbnail of drink poured into the earth to be shared with the decease.  


    The Roma are well known for a healthy appetite of extravagancy whether it’s Taj Mahal style palaces or ostentatious wedding dresses so well propagated in the British/US series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and that comes out so loud and clear at the normally serene graveyard in boisterous chatter, music and singing able to wake the dead.



    The Roma community known as Gabor of the village Valenii where Roma traditions are a strong part of the daily life: dress codes and the Romani language is the norm - refer to this special day in their language as, “Mulengo Ghe”.  The hillside cemetery overlooking the village becomes a starlight mosaic of colorful costumes, flowers and burning candles.


    “They gather on the hill to drink and a little gossip,” say 24 year old Klara Gabor. “It’s very nice down in the valley because the candles burn all night long. It has a feeling of Christmas.”



Carpe Diem


The heavily used Gypsy stereotype of focusing on the present while abandoning the past and future evolved during their long nomadic history.  “The importance of the present moment enables the Gypsy to forget, to avoid anticipating, and to leave behind difficulties created by others by distancing himself from them,” writes Jean-Pierre Liegeois in “Roma, Gypsies, travelers”. “This attitude towards time and space has enabled Gypsies and travelers to survive, immersed and scattered among hostile populations, developing elements of a culture all their own.”


    The November first tradition of raising memories of the dearly deceased is one they adapted from their Catholic neighbors. The imported holiday is then celebrated in their own special way.


    Keeping in with this carpe diem attitude is 27 year-old Andrea Czicki from village of Glodeni who while joining the crowds on the hillside cemetery jovially refers to the holy day as “good afternoon, the dead!”. The religious significances are minimalized yet the tradition remains strong.  Segregation combined with crippling poverty and a strong level of illiteracy have helped preserve many of the old-fashioned traditions till the Gypsy section of town have become, in a sense, virtual time capsules.


    “We preserve the old ways because this is what we know,” says the normally clean shaven Didi Stoica. Mr. Stoica’s mother recently passed away and in keeping with the traditions must refuse the razor for between six months to a year. Asked if he will keep to the expected time frame - he shakes his head. Times are changing.