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Paparudele
 
 The Rainy-Girls 

The tradition's aim is to invoke the sky protection over harvests. The children knit coronets, adorning them with ribbons. Then they dance, going from house to house. The hostess throws water and milk after them. The children and the young people have to receive a coin or wheat, corn, flour or bean. 
A song having the following verses accompanies "The rainy-girls game": 

Datina are ca scop invocarea protectiei cerului asupra recoltelor. Copiii si tinerii împletesc cununi pe care le împodobesc cu panglici. Apoi danseazã si trec din casã în casã. Stãpânii caselor aruncã dupã ei cu apã sau lapte. Copiii si tinerii trebuie sã primeascã un ban sau grâu, mãlai, fãinã sau fasole. 
Jocul "paparudelor" este însotit de un cântec ale cãrui versuri sunt: 
 
 

Paparudã, rudã, 
Vino de ne udã, 
Paparudã, rudã, 
Vino de ne udã, 
Ca sã-nceapã ploaie, 
Sã curgã siroaie 
Cu gãleata, leata, 
Peste toatã zloata: 
Unde dã cu maiul 
Sã creascã mãlaiul, 
Unde dã cu sapa
Sã curgã ca apa. 
Hai, Catrino, sã sãrim, 
Paparudele, 
Sã stii iarna ce pãtim, 
Paparudele. 
Ca pasãrea prin copaci, 
Paparudele, 
Ploaie multã ca sã faci, 
Paparudele, 
Paparudã, rudã, 
Vino de te udã,
Ca sã cazã ploile, 
Cu gãletile, 
Paparudele, 
Sã dea porumburile 
Cât gardurile, 
Paparudele, 
Si sã creascã spicele 
Cât vrabiele, 
Paparudele, 
Sã sporeascã grânele, 
Sã umple pãtulele,
Paparudele, 
Sã deschize cerurile, 
Paparudele, 
Sã porneascã ploile, 
Paparudele, 
Si sã feresti holdele, 
Paparudele. 
De toate tãciunele, 
Paparudele, 
Din toate ogoarele, 
Paparudele! 
 
Cãtãlina Burgã
School 10 Focsani, Romania 
Paparuda 

Is an old Romanian custom. It is used to try and bring about rain. The ritual takes place especially in the South- East of the country (Calarasi), but also in other part of it. "Paparuda" comprises three ceremonial parts, he birth of the goddess, the delight of the goddess and its death. 
The birth is marked by making up a group of the "Paparuda". A girl will be selected to play. The part of the sacred character. A dress is made of leaves and embellished with flowers and the "Paparuda" puts it on. The group visits the wells of the villages, the houses of peasants. The character dances, the tune being a simple one done clapping people's hands. The character is wettlened with water- as a gift. 
The character tells a simple text to bring forth rain. The death of the character is marked by taking off the dress. This dress is put into the river where it flows down (the Danube). The different gifts are given to people. 
 

Cristina Gandea, 16 years old
Teacher coordinator: Fernanda Chelefa
"Stribei Voda" Highschool, Calarasi, Romania 
 
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