Yes, it’s that time of the year again.
Over the next few days, tune in to the Romanian TV news every now and then and tick off these cliches/scenarios as they get rolled off:
Friday & Saturday
In asteptarea miracolului invierii, there will be a report from a pension in a village somewhere (probably Maramures) where there will be much talk of preparing for the arrival of turistii.
In (insert name of village here) pregatirile pentru Pasti sunt in toi
Turistii will be interviewed in front of a ‘masa belsugata‘ and will say how wonderful it all is.
There will then be a report from a border crossing point, as Romanians working abroad come home for Easter. Bonus points for spotting the phrase:
Masinile Romanilor din strainatate sunt supraincarcate cu cadouri si bunatati pentru cei dragi de acasa
On Saturday, there will be much live reporting from a supermarket, a report which will include the following phrases:
Romanii au format cozi lungi de sute de metri pentru a cumpara cozonaci la promotie
Bucurestenii au luat cu asalt hipermarketurile capitalei inca de la primele ore ale diminetii
Multi Romani au lasat cumparaturile de pasti pana la ultima suta de metri
There will also be a report from a market, where there will be a control by health officials checking the origin of the lamb being sold.
Then, late on Saturday evening, look out for a report about market traders left holding hundreds of unsold lambs.
A report from Otopeni Airport will tell us that many Romanians are spending Easter abroad. Bulgaria, Grecia, Spania si Turcia will be the most popular destinations, but expect to be told that many are heading for ‘destinatii mai exotice, precum Mauritius, America de Sud sau, de ce nu, Statele Unite.’
Let the cliches flow.
In the morning, expect reports from Saturday night’s midnight masses. Look out for these headlines:
Romanii au luat lumina
Si politicienii au luat lumina
Regele Mihai a luat lumina
Si catolicii au luat lumina
Miliarde de credinciosi din intreaga lume au luat lumina
Early in the afternoon, expect a report from the Vatican. The following words will be used:
Papa Francisc a vorbit despre (whatever he talks about) si a zis si cateva cuvinte in limba romana (cue Pope saying Hristos a inviat).
The action will (if the weather is good) move to the parks. Expect to hear:
Bucurestenii au luat cu asalt parcurile capitalei inca de la primele ore ale diminetii
Cue interviews with small kids, who will be asked if the Iepuras (Easter Bunny) brought them any chocolate eggs.
Primii care s-au bucurat de venirea iepurasului au fost, bineinteles, copiii
In Constanta people will be filmed out walking on the pier by the casino, and will be asked what they think of the great weather. ‘Frumos‘ they will reply.
You can also expect to see a report from a field by the side of a road somewhere, where some people will be having a barbeque.
The first person to send us their Romanian TV News Easter Bingo card with all the above phrases ticked off wins a prize.