Hora, a traditional dance in the Balkans, but popular in other countries — Israel, for one — comes close to a national treasure in Romania.
What is a hora? A folk dance where the dancers hold each other’s hands and the circle spins, usually counterclockwise. You’ll get a huge adrenaline rush in a hora. Oh, boy, is it fun! Three steps forward, one step back. Sometimes fast, others slow. As a kid, I loved the fast spins.
The dance is accompanied by the accordion, violin, viola. And other instruments. If not happening in a formal setting, hand clapping will do.
Most Romanian weddings have hore. From the youngest to the oldest participant, everyone joins in. It’s a big part of the entertainment in rural weddings, but also in the cities.
One of the most famous Romanian hore is Hora Unirii (Hora of the Union), a Romanian patriotic song. It became the national hymn when Wallachia and Moldavia united to form the Principality of Romania in 1859.
During the 2006/2007 New Year’s celebration, when Romania joined the European Union, people started an impromptu Hora Bucuriei (Hora of Joy) in the streets of Bucharest as a tribute to the EU anthem, Ode to Joy.
Let’s join hands
To go round the dance of brotherhood
Going back, hora is a Romanian dance inherited from Dacians (before Romans) that gathers all the dancers in a big circle. It symbolizes spiritual communion, equality and the wish for a happy and joyful life.
A good hora can do wonders for the mood. So, snap your fingers with me, and let’s go … three steps forward, one step back, cu bucurie.
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Images: Hora De Mana – Hora Romaneasca Dance Group – YouTube More
http://www.youtube.com; maxresdefault.jpg, youtube.com; Hora (Dance) of Unity — The Unity Dance at Craiova, 1857, Theodor Aman