Culture The photographer’s take on Transylvania’s special Easter traditions
(Photo credit: Szigeti Vajk István,
Transylvanian Hungarians, as we covered it over the
last few weeks, practice a colorful range of religious and archaic traditions during Eastertime, whether it is the world’s biggest Easter food basket blessing, Easter egg decoration or the ‘sprinkling’ ( locsolkodás) of girls and women.
While TransylvaniaNOW has given a fair account of these practices, we were still missing the personal touch. Luckily for us, photographer Szigeti István Vajk has captured some of the most special moments of this year’s Easter celebrations. Here’s our best-of selection:
Roman Catholic priests blessing food.
People waiting for the Roman Catholic priests to bless their food.
Thousands of people waiting at the town’s main square in ordered lines for the Roman Catholic priests to bless their food in their baskets covered with ornate tablecloths.
Boys enjoying their time in the courtyard of the ‘sprinkled’ girl.
A look into each other’s eye.
Szekler girl waiting to be ‘sprinkled’
Easter eggs are decorated using all kinds of techniques, and still are the symbol of the renewal of life.
Decorated Easter eggs.