In the South-East of Dâmboviţa County in Romania is situated a group of localities forming together the commune of Morteni. Steagul (the Flag) or Geavrelele (the embroidered towels) an event that requires a longer period of organization and consequently takes place between the celebration of Saint Nicholas (December 6) and the celebration of the Epiphany (January 7). During this period of the winter holidays, the “group of lads” (ceata de flăcăi) is constituted, having precise ceremonial roles. At the same time, the preoccupations and the actions related to this custom take over the control of the ceremonial life of the commune.

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