Sanziene celebration or how people still believe in magical practices
Sanziene, the magical celebration, the beginning of summer
Sanziene is celebrated in Romania every year on 24th of June. Although it is associated with the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, Sanziene is a pagan celebration which origins in an old Dacian solar cult. In some places in Romania the celebration is also known as “the head of summer”. Sanziene represents the beginning of summer; it is celebrated only at three days after the summer solstice under the sign of the Sun. This date also represents the middle of the year. People used to believe that this is the day when the Sun loiters on the sky watching the maidens and the boys how they dance. That is why the day is longer than the night.
Some people say that the name of Sanziene comes from the Roman goddess of forests and hunting Santa Diana. Others associate the celebration name with the little white or yellow flowers with a sweet and very delicate scent named Sanziene.