Archive for January 2008

Our first virtual conference

January 30, 2008


Photo of our FlashMeeting session on the 30th of January 2008.


Our Flash Meeting

January 28, 2008

Flash Meeting logo 

Our first FlashMeeting will take place on Wednesday January 30th, 2008 at 19.00 hours GMT.

Click on this link to Sign In using the same email address that you use on the Carolling In Europe site.
Then test your equipment before the session begins.
Do not logon as a guest as you will not be able to use the conference tools.
A conference password will be emailed to all partners by Liliana.


A webcam is not necessary but it would be nice!

Adobe Flash logo

You will need Adobe Flash Player 8 or higher.

Click here or on the logo to download the latest version.


This conference will be recorded for other eTwinners to see how it works.
All future conferences will be private.


FlashMeeting Date

January 21, 2008

Hello Everyone, 

I hope eveyone had enough time to pick a suitable date for the Flash Meeting conference. I need to book a session before the end of January.

We still have slots from the 23rd – 31st available. The times available are 17.00 – 21.00 hours. The time zone is GMT so please add 1 or 2 hours to suit your location.

Please let me know as soon as possible.


Flash Meeting

January 13, 2008
Flash Meeting Screen

Hello Everyone,

I was wondering if we could all meet online before the project ends and discuss how it worked out and what we learned from it. I have used Flash Meeting before and I can book a session at a suitable time for all interested parties.

Flash Meeting logo

You will need a broadband connection, a mic and a webcam if possible. Everyone will appear on the screen and the moderator will manage the session. The working language would be English but everyone is entitled contribute in their own language and others may translate or assist each other anyway they feel fit.

I think it would be great fun and a chance to use state of the art conference software.

Think about it and comment below.

Joe Molloy

Die Heiligen Drei Könige (Wise Men)

January 12, 2008


Die Heiligen Drei Könige (The Wise Men)

 In all German speaking countries Christmas celebration does not end until 6th January.From 1st January until 6th January many kids from the Katholische Jungschar  (children meet at parsonage and sing, play and have a good time together) are engaged as Epiphany carol singers. Three children are dressed as wise men and one child carries the star. They go from house to house, flat to flat and sing carols and ask for a donation for one of the charity projects run by the church. On every door thy write in chalk their initials plus the year   20  C+ M + B  08

This should protect house and home.

written by Lisa

New Year’s Day Wellington Race

January 11, 2008

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Welcome to the wonderful world of the Castlecomer Wellington Race one of the most unusual events in Ireland on the New Year’s calendar. This is the only officially run race where footwear companies of Reebok, Nike and Adidas don’t get a look in. The humble”Wellington boot”gets the place of honour on New Year’s Day in Castlecomer County Kilkenny, Ireland. Since 1981 the race has given great entertainment to thousands of people and raised thousands of euros for local charities. The race itself is a 6km-road race run over a hilly circuit. Many of the runners turn out in fancy dress and it is a great fun day for families. Participants must run in standard wellington boots. The race is preceded by a magnificent and most unusual fancy dress parade. Thousands of people turn out to see the crack.

January 6, 2008


6 January in RomaniaBoboteaza or Teofania (The Epiphany)

In Romania, on the 6 January, the Christians celebrate the Epiphany or The Manifestation of God. In Romanian, it is called Boboteaza or Teofania.

In our region (Bucovina—i.e. north-eastern Romania), people gather in front of the church where a cross of ice is placed. A tub is filled with water and put in front of the ice cross and during the religious service the water is blessed. We call this blessed water agheasma. After the service, during which the church and the participants in the ceremony are sprinkled with agheasma, believers also take blessed water and bring it home in order to sprinkle every room of their house with it.

They say that blessed water has special powers as it was blessed on the day when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. The blessed water brings healing, forgiveness, keeps the homes safe from fire and from the evil spirits.

On the Eve of Epiphany, the priest visits his parishioners holding a cross and a basil branch to bless their homes with the Holy Water. It is customary to give a small donation to the priest on this occasion, donation which will be used for the church. The priest is announced to each parishioner’s house by small groups of children who shout Chiraleisa, Chiraleisa, Chiraleisa (always three times Chiraleisa). The word Chiraleisa comes from the Greek Kyrie Eleison and means Lord, have mercy!.

The field basil (busuioc in Romanian) has a special meaning on this day, as the branches and bunches of basil are used in order to sprinkle the Holy Water on people, walls and furniture. There is also a superstition which says that if, on the Eve of St. Andrew’s day, a single girl takes a small branch of the busuioc which has been used during the blessing of the house in January and places it under the pillow before going to bed, she will dream of the man who will be her husband.

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Liliana&the kids

The Festival of the Winter Traditions and Customs at Vatra Dornei

January 6, 2008

Hello and Happy New Year everybody!

My name is Renata and I will tell you a few words about a festival which our 7th and 8th form pupils from Comanesti School have participated in on the 29th of December. It is called The Festival of the Winter Traditions and Customs and it was at the 10th edition.

It is actually a parade as people and artistic groups from this part of the country have performed in the streets.

Here are a few photos:




Traditional dances

Best wishes,

Renata (7th form)

Oíche Chiún

January 6, 2008


Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)

The boys and girls of Ms Dolan’s 4th class performed Oiche Chiún at the carol services with actions. The whole school and congregation joined in for the English verse at the end. They are accompanied on this recording by Mr Coughlan.

Happy Little Christmas

Semanatul and Sorcova

January 6, 2008

Semanatul and Sorcova are performed only by children on the 1 January, early in the morning. A sorcova is a bouquet made up of tree twigs, which is used to touch (lightly) the people who receive the children with Sorcova.

Semanatul is similar but children don’t carry the sorcova with them; they fill their pockets with grains of wheat and sprinkle them on people while saying:

Sorcova, vesela,

Sã trãiti, sã-mbãtrâniti,

Ca un mãr, ca un pãr,

Ca un fir de trandafir,

Tare ca piatra,

Iute ca sãgeata,

Tare ca fierul,

Iute ca otelul,

La anu’ si la multi ani !

The translation would be:

Merry Sorcova,

May you live long and grow old

As an apple tree, as a pear

As a rose bush fair

May you be strong as a granite rock

Quick as an arrow

Hard as an iron bar

Tougher than steel by far.

A New Year with happiness!

This is a photo of the pupils at Humoreni School performing Sorcova. They are dressed up in our traditional costumes.


Liliana&the kids