Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy Erdelezi!

Happy Saint George's Day!

This is a feast day for the Roma, a time to celebrate spring. According to Garth Cartwright: “To the Roma, Erdelezi is like Thanksgiving in the USA."

It is traditional to eat lamb on this day (ew...this flexitarian is skipping that custom) and to give your loved one a single rose and a book.

The following is a popular folk song from the Roma in the Balkans (note: both Erdelezi and Ederlezi are acceptable variants of the Turkish, Hıdırellez). To see adaptations of the song, click here.

Ederlezi
Sa me amala oro khelena
Oro khelena, dive kerena
Sa o Roma daje
Sa o Roma babo babo
Sa o Roma o daje
Sa o Roma babo babo
Ederlezi, Ederlezi
Sa o Roma daje
Sa o Roma babo, e bakren chinen
A me, chorro, dural beshava
Romano dive, amaro dive
Amaro dive, Ederlezi
E devado babo, amenge bakro
Sa o Roma babo, e bakren chinen
Sa o Roma babo babo
Sa o Roma o daje
Sa o Roma babo babo
Ederlezi, Ederlezi
Sa o Roma daje

English Translation
All my friends are dancing the oro
Dancing the oro, celebrating the day
All the Roma, mommy
All the Roma, dad, dad
All the Roma, oh mommy
All the Roma, dad, dad
Ederlezi, Ederlezi
All the Roma, mommy
All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs
But me, poor, I am sitting apart
A Romany day, our day
Our day, Ederlezi
They give, Dad, a lamb for us
All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs
All the Roma, dad, dad
All the Roma, oh mommy
All the Roma, dad, dad
Ederlezi, Ederlezi
All the Roma, mommy