January 30, 2014

Mourning in Romania

Photograph by Tiplea Remus, National Geographic Your Shot

Funeral ceremony, Romania

"The composition and perspective work together very well here. I like how the delicate flowers so neatly placed on the tombstones mirror the crowd of people, the specks of color echoed in the clothes of the mourners. It feels almost as if we are witnessing a metamorphosis of sorts." —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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26 comments
F. SyrianPrincess
F. SyrianPrincess

happiness in life and death.. a celebration of moving to the other side with love and purity... i wish my funeral would be the same....

Kelli Osborne
Kelli Osborne

Does anyone know what this cemetery is called?

Shannon T
Shannon T

Great shot but I feel like I'm nosing in on someone's grief.

Mohamed Azeez
Mohamed Azeez

What I want to know is what the camera was doing up there.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Brilliant and thought-provoking photograph!        The contrast of dark and light, colorful and somber.     The loveliness of flowers softening life as well as this picture.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Never,ever thought I'd see a camera shot like this one. There is beauty in most everything, and tho' hearts are aching at loss on a somber occasion, there is the color of lovely flowers to lift up spirits of those there. Thanks, Ionita Andrei for your insite into what is a tradition that is faithfully kept up in Romania.  j.e.s. 

Anong Miranda
Anong Miranda

there's a beauty in the photo, as well as the sadness they have

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The living, most in solid black, contract with the departed ,mostly covered in white and vibrant  flowers.  There seems to be a lot of new graves because the grass has not grown back.  It really makes me wonder.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Tiplea Remus 'The Funeral Party' Photo of the Day.  Remus' gallery describes Romanian farm life.  'The Cake' (photo title) may be the first photo in Remus' YourShot gallery, but the photographer depicts just about anything except a funeral.  I see a photograph about the living and time.  There are vignettes, probably from a film camera lens.  Humorously, are the people waiting to exit the tombs into life, or waiting to enter another life?  Does this photograph remind you of a timeclock at work?  Flowers and decorations create a party scene.  Gary Conn

Ionita Andrei
Ionita Andrei

@Bev Hennager  In Romania, we usualy don't keep grass or weeds on the tombs, because it means that the family has forgoten the dead one or  don't care about him or they are lazy... We put only flowers and pull out all the weeds and grass

It's very important in my country and orthodox religion to take care of the tombs, mourne and put flowers and candles at your relatives and friends tombs every sunday.

It's a very elaborate proces in Romania to mourne the dead, for 1 year you have to make food and some special kind of dishes only made for the dead and give them to the poor in a very strict period: 1 week, 4 weeks... 6 months and 1 year.
Then you have to make this special food just on the holydays that celebrate the dead.

here is some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alms#Christianity


Jessica Beals
Jessica Beals

@Ionita AndreiThanks for the information, Ionita! It helps to put the photo into perspective and makes it even more beautiful!

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