Many moms are wondering how to tell their little one about Dragobete, a holiday that is not traditionally related to children. The young child may feel somewhat confused at the idea of an "adult" holiday and targeting feelings he does not fully understand. This does not necessarily have to be this way, if you know how to explain it to your child in a proper way that signifies the feast of Dragons.
Tell him about the feeling of love
Tell your child about love. Explain to them how there are many kinds of love that apply to the holidays of the Beloved, including love for other family members, romantic love, spiritual love, love for pets, love for nature, etc.
Explain the origin and significance of Dragobete day
It is very important to explain to your child the origin of the holiday of Dragobete as well as some specific customs for the day of February 24. On February 24, the day of Dragobete, a kind of local youth god, patron of love and good will, is celebrated.
In some traditions he is called Cap de Primavara, Cap de Vara, son of Babei Dochia and brother-in-law with the vegetarian hero Lazarica. Dragobete is identified with Cupid, the god of love in Roman mythology, and with Eros, the god of love in Greek mythology (Muntenia, Dobrogea, Oltenia, Transylvania).
Dragobete was traditionally the first day of spring, when girls and boys dressed in holiday clothes and, if the weather was nice, they would start in groups through meadows and forests, singing and looking for the first spring flowers. The girls gathered on this day the snowdrops, the violins and the stems, which they put on icons, to keep them until Sanziene, when they threw them into the running waters.
In the morning of Dragobete day the girls and the young women gathered the fresh snow, melted it and washed it with water thus obtained on the head, the tradition saying that they will have the hair and skin pleasing to the admirers.
Usually, young people, girls and boys, gathered more at a house to "make of Dragobete", being convinced that in this way, they will be in love all year, until the future Dragobete. This meeting often turns into a real party, with food and drink.
Dragobetele had to be kept at any price: if the Dragobetete were not made, it was believed that the young people would not fall in love the following year. In addition, a bad sign was that if a girl or a boy did not meet at Dragobete at least one representative of the opposite sex, the general opinion being that, all year, those will no longer be loved, and if a girl went out with a boy and not they were kissing, they were saying that they would not love each other that year.
Tell them about Eros or Cupid
Children love mythological stories and they might better understand Dragons if you put them in touch with Eros or Cupid. Dragobetele, the bearer of love and good disposition, keeps some attributions similar to those of the god of love, Eros, in Greek mythology, the god of love (Cupid or Amor in Roman mythology).
He was the son of Hermes (Ares or Zeus) and Aphrodite (Venus), and brother to Anteros. Under the appearance of a beautiful, sometimes winged child, a feared god was hiding.
With his arrows never failing his target, Eros resembled the consuming torments of love both among the gods and among the mortals. Aphrodite herself was keeping away from her capricious and ungrateful son. Sometimes he is depicted as being blind because it is impossible to predict where love will blossom.
The figure of the god Eros appears in numerous episodes related to Heracles, Apollo, Zeus etc. But the most famous episode is the love between Eros and Psyche.
Explains the connection between Dragobete and romance, the symbol of the heart and the offering of flowers
Explain to your child why the heart symbol is often associated with the feast of Dragobet. If you want, you can read some love poems to help him understand why people correlate the feeling of love with that part of the body.
Explain the connection between romance and flower offerings. A few centuries ago a "flower language" was developed in Persia and Turkey, and then spread to Europe. Each flower has a different meaning, sometimes being used as a secret code for lovers who exchange messages. A red rose can mean love and beauty and a yellow rose, jealousy.
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