Friday, April 24, 2009

Word of the Day 6

Haven't had one of these in awhile. So here we go with a Romanian word of the day. 

Adevarat (pronounced ahh-day-vuh-RAHT) = True

This word came to my attention this week because this past Sunday was Easter (yes, we celebrate it a week later than the rest of the world- hooray Orthodox countries). And on Easter, similar to America people will say "Christ is risen!" and you respond "He is risen indeed!" Here it goes a little something like this:

Person 1: Hristos a înviat!  (Christ is risen)
Person 2: Adevarat a înviat! (True he is risen)

The thing that is cool though, is that people don't just say this on Easter, but the WHOLE WEEK after Easter. And not just to people they know, but to random people on the street, in the shops, on the phone. Fully 90% of this country is Orthodox, so there is no "oh my gosh, how dare you say the name of Jesus in front of me or talk about the actual true meaning of this holiday?!" baloney that we have in the States (had a Happy Holidays lately?). People are totally stoked because THIS IS THE DAY JESUS ROSE FROM THE GRAVE! So why not talk about it all week? I kind of like it. And by kind of I mean really. Even if pretty much every Orthodox person believes that you have to work for your salvation (do more good than bad and follow all kinds of rules and rituals) rather than receive it as a free gift because Jesus did all the work and paid for our sins by His death on the cross. Minor discrepancy there, but hey, I totally dig the week-long proclamation. Needless to say, this week I have heard a lot of adevarat, the truth- Jesus Christ is risen, He is risen, indeed. Rock on.

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