The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant organizes from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10, a fair dedicated to craftsmen and antique dealers from all over Romania.
The Peasant Museum marks the end of autumn and the last days before entering the Christmas fast, inviting its public to the Fair with craftsmen and antique dealers called ,,Moşii de Arhangheli”. It is a successful attempt to encourage rural Romanian craftsmen and to promote their handmade goods in the city markets and among Bucharest tourists.
On November 8, the Orthodox Church celebrates the saints Mihail and Gavriil. It is also the name day for all Romanians named Mihai, Mihaela, Gabriel, Gabriela, Gabi. Almost 1.3 million Romanians celebrate their name day on this occasion.
50 Romanian craftsmen, antique dealers, and artists will come from all over the country with everything they have worked over the year.
“On this special occasion of Hranghel, every man must light a candle that will be his eternal light in the world beyond. The Finns go with the coils to their godfathers. The rams are mixed with the sheep. The special cake must be thrown between the sheep. If it falls face up, the sheep will do well”, explained the late folklorist and ethnologist Irina Nicolau, (1946-2002), a member of the team with which the painter Horia Bernea founded the Museum of the Romanian Peasant.
What can you find at the craftsmen’s fair?
The fair of folk craftsmen and the fair of antiques will bring for sure new objects handcrafted with love and care but also old, collectible, for connoisseurs – jewelry, crocheted objects, books, folk costumes, peasant furniture, etc. Visitors will be able to buy ceramic objects, fabrics, icons, ornaments, wooden objects, but also honey, cakes, gingerbread, herbs, natural juices, fruits, and vegetables. The demonstrations and exhibitions proper are complemented by food sampling opportunities, such as to give visitors the occasion to make a complete idea about the regional traditions of Romania.
The price of the entrance ticket to the fair: adults – 8 lei; pensioners – 4 lei; pupils and students, holders of the Euro 26 card, up to 30 years old, adults with medium or mild disabilities – 2 lei.
The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The building of the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant is located in Victoriei Square in Bucharest, next to the „Grigore Antipa” Museum of Natural Sciences and the Geology Museum. One of Europe’s leading museums of popular arts and traditions, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant was designated „European Museum of the Year” for 1996. The Romanian Peasant Museum owns the richest collection of peasant objects, at present. The almost 90,000 pieces that are part of its patrimony are as many witnesses to the village spirituality. This treasure of national and international importance is stored and preserved according to rigorous scientific criteria and it has been systematically cataloged, having scientific files, even from the moment when the collection was started. The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant is under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and holds collections of ceramics, folk wear, interior fabrics, wood, furniture, and hardware.
Explore the Romanian traditions, its artisans and craftsmen
Romania is one of the countries where modern culture embraces traditions and the natural way of living is still not forgotten. If you visit a Craftsman fair, you may be surprised to find the passion and the faith of the artisans are transcending through their kind words and beyond their products and into your heart.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant invites you to rediscover the passion of the Romanian artisans and craftsmen. Apart from their kind words and beyond their wonderful products, the Romanian artisans’ and craftsmen’s passion is transcending straight into your hearts!
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