|"Caloianul" is a figure used in Romanian village rite rainmaker. He
looks like a man and it is adorned with flowers.
On summer time, women and children from the dryness regions gather and model this "Caloian". They invoke the rain and her advantages (blessings) through the procession they will take part. Everybody gather then at the border of the village. They also can invite the priest of the village and together they adorn a young tree. They use fresh fruit pretzels and candies. After that all group simulate the funeral of the "Caloian". First they walk this one on the dry fields. In the end they bury the "Caloian" throwing" it into a river. The waters of the river must carry it far away, bringing thus rains.
All the procession times, the children and women cry and mourn. The priest tells prayers for the invoker of the rain.
In other Romanian regions dancing and singing accompany this ritual. For several times the invoked rain is appearing even at day or two after this ritual. On popular belief it is said that only the "Caloian" has unfastened the rains.
Caloianul este un obiect de ritual folcloric în forma unui om
de lut împodobit cu flori, care, în timp de secetã se
îngroapã sau se aruncã în apã ca sã