|A funeral procession for an elderly woman in Giurgiulesti|
The funeral was for an elderly lady and it included her family and friends as well as the priest -- walking along the edge of the busy street -- carrying her open casket -- on their way to the village cemetery. At the very back of the procession, a woman carried a metal bucket full of wine -- that she gave to people along the procession route as they made their way to the graveyard.
|The open casket is carried by loved ones.|
I visited the cemetery earlier in the day and was told by my colleague that each Monday after Easter -- the entire village gathers at the cemetery to honor their dead relatives -- there are even picnic tables set up among the gravestones -- where the families bring a feast of food to celebrate the life of their loved ones.
|Picnic tables are set up at many family tombstones for the after-Easter feast.|
Some families also have feasts at the cemetery on the anniversary of their loved ones' death. Wine is very important in this ceremony as well -- with the family sharing wine together and pouring wine on the grave.