In Moldova I find that there are celebrations for everything. Recently, I had the opportunity to go to “Toamna Galben” at the kindergarten where my work partner’s son attends. It is a celebration at the school which means “Golden Autumn” and they celebrate the fall season with songs, dancing, and exhibiting fun food creations from each class.
I had the opportunity to go with my work partner to see this fun celebration and to meet her son’s class whom I will be getting to know better in the near future.
Each child came with two bunches of leaves, kind of like pom-poms for fall which they used throughout most of the songs and dancing. Each class got in a circle with their teacher while parents stood off to the sides taking photos and making videos.
And then… at some point in one of the songs all of the kids threw their leaf pom-poms into the center of the circle and the festivities continued with more songs and dances.
More singing and dancing continued complete with a song about a watermelon (my partner made a watermelon hat the night before just for this part), traditional Moldovan costumes, poems, and a clown. The kids loved it and the parents were so proud of their little ones.
It was fun to get a glimpse of a fun autumn celebration at one of the local kindergartens. My host mom is a kindergarten teacher and she said that all schools have a festival like this – theirs is next week. This is just the beginning of working with this age group here in Moldova, I’ll have more to share on that later on. 🙂
Until next time… au o zi buna! [have a good day!]