|The 40 Martyrs (Mucenici)|
The folklorist Simion Florea Marian described the legend from Fratautul Vechi, Moldova, which actually mentions forty-four Saints, the exact number of days between March 9 and April 23.
In honor of their sacrifice, the Orthodox Church celebrates the forty Saints with special sermons across the country and the tradition of a special food called “mucenici.” March 9 coincides with the beginning of spring when all rural communities bring the plow out which is repaired by the village blacksmith, cleaned and purified by fire, while the farmers decide when and how they are going to start breaking ground for seeding the soil. Plows are then placed in front of each house, declaring the beginning of the agricultural season open.
|"Macinici" as Mom prepared them|
Copyright: Ileana Johnson 2015