Folk traditions

An attempt is now underway to revive Moldovan folk traditions that were discouraged under Soviet rule. Many of these traditions are associated with Christmas and the New Year — for example, celebrating Ignat (a holiday preceding Christmas), exchanging lichie (flat wheat cakes) between relatives on Christmas Eve, and wearing fairytale masks on New Year’s Eve. In the countryside, after Christmas dinner, children carry small decorated wooden plows around the village to bring good harvests.