The Unitarian Church in Barót, Transylvania (Romania), has invited our adult members to visit there next year for the celebration of All Souls Day on November 1, 2015.
All Souls Day in Transylvania is a reunion holiday similar to our Thanksgiving, where people return to their ancestral villages from the cities where they may have moved for jobs. On the trip, we will accompany Unitarian families to the cemeteries, where they light candles by the graves and then return home for dinners with family and friends.
After the traditional celebrations, hillside cemeteries twinkle with the soft glow of candles left burning. Americans who have experienced the holiday report that it is an immensely powerful experience.
Plus, travelers will be able to tell their friends that they have spent Halloween in Transylvania!
Next fall’s trip will include a visit to the citadel of Deva for an annual celebration of Francis David, the founder of Transylvanian Unitarianism. We will also spend a night in the walled city of Sibiu, once the center of the German-Saxon minority in Transylvania, which has recently undergone historic restoration.
The trip will probably last about 12 days, from late October into early November, and will be limited to 12 persons. Details are being planned by Árpi Egyed and others in Barót who arranged the wonderful exchange for our youth and adults last summer.