A Seminar from a Turcologist

Within the framework of the project “Our Intangible Heritage A Value for the Future”, we invited Turcologist Prof. Dr. Saim Sakaoglu. He is an important academician and has many books about Konya’s folklore. He gave a lecture about intangible heritages of Konya. We learned about some forgotten traditional games and toys. Origin of streets and … Read moreA Seminar from a Turcologist

Oral Transmission & Story Telling

      One of the designated activities included in our Erasmus+ European program titled “Our Intangible Heritage, a Value for the Future” is the Folklore and Oral transmission traditions (activity P4).In this month some students brought a family elders and asked them to tell some stories about Konya and its surrondings to the class. It was a … Read moreOral Transmission & Story Telling

Storry telling at Karditsa, Greece

Near Plastira’s Lake, 32 km from the town of Karditsa on the “Agrafa” mountain, at an altitude of 1200 meters, there is the picturesque village of Fylakti. The inhabitants of Fylakti in the winter are mostly elderly people who, despite their everyday adversities, choose to stay in their birthplace. One of them is Mr. Vassilis (a … Read moreStorry telling at Karditsa, Greece

Traditional patterns

Estonian traditional costumes Estonian traditional costumes are a very important part of our folklore and culture. Each region has its own traditional garments with different techniques and patterns. Embroidered and knitted patterns have been mostly geometrical or floral. The Mulgi region is famous for its archaic patterns – medieval patterns embroidered in irregular order. These … Read moreTraditional patterns

Storytelling and oral transmission with Soledad Felloza.

This activity is framed within the context of the Erasmus + project “OUR INTANHIBLE HERITAGE. A VALUE FOR THE FUTURE “, which seeks, among other objectives, the preservation of our intangible cultural heritage and, in particular, the very rich tradition we have in Barbanza of myths and legends of oral transmission. This week, in the … Read moreStorytelling and oral transmission with Soledad Felloza.

Oral transmision at Konya.

One of the designated activities included in our Erasmus+ European program titled “Our Intangible Heritage, a Value for the Future” is the Folklore and Oral transmission traditions (activity P4). In this month some students brought a family elders and asked them to tell some stories about Konya and its surrondings to the class. It was … Read moreOral transmision at Konya.

Saint Catherine’s Day in Tamsalu

 

 

Kadripäev – Saint Catherine’s Day

According to traditional accounts, Saint Catherine was beheaded by Emperor Maximinus II around 305 AD in Alexandria. 25 November became the commemoration date in the 10th century, and many churches and particularly nunneries in Europe were dedicated to Saint Catherine. In Lutheran countries, this day has also been associated with Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII.  Saint Catherine’s Day marks the arrival of winter and it is associated with women.

In Europe, Saint Catherine became a popular guardian spirit of cattle and an assistant to women in labor.​

Saint Catherine’s Day (Kadripäev) is similar to another day called Saint. Martin’s Day (Mardipäev) and Halloween in  America.

Comparison: Saint Catherine’s Day and Halloween

  • Similarities – on both events people put on clothes that they usually don’t wear and visit other people homes.
  • Differences – on Halloween people make themselves look more like superheroes or creepy creatures. They ask “Trick or treat”, take their candy or perform some mischief if candy is not given.

In Estonia, the day was first celebrated in the 16th century when the ancient religious rituals and daughter’s initiation ceremonies merged with Saint Catherine’s Memorial Day. It was considered a women’s holiday because by that time women managed to finish livetock-related work.

On Saint Catherine’s Day motly girls go outside, turn themselves into kadris, kadri beggars (kadrisandid). Kadri beggars sing, play instruments, dance or recite poems to get premisson to step inside a house. Then they say different wishes to people and the household for good luck, get treats and leave the house singing.

Kadri`s Day Clothing

Kadris have always worn white and pretty clothes, they dress as women. Their masks and costumes are not dramatic, but femalely delicate and lovely. The main components of the costume are stockings, dresses, skirts, coats, scarves, hats, veils and gloves, all white. They also paint their cheeks and nose red. Later they also make fake braids from linen, cotton wool, clothes and other convenient materials. The most important idea is to look beautiful.