The film was shot in the Carpathian pastoral communities of Southern Transilvania. The winter rituals take place between December 20th and January 7th. Every New Year, at every symbolic renewal of the annual cycle, people celebrate. On occasions like this ancient Greeks and Romans used to sacrifice animals, organise games and banquets and give each other gifts. The rituals and the ancient songs of the Carpathian communities show a certain resemblance with those of the ancient world.
Directed by: Dumitru Budrala | Romania | 1996 | 45 min. © Astra Film