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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM
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Forty Martyrs' Day

The "Forty Martyrs of Sebaste" were Roman soldiers quartered in Armenia in 320; they are greatly revered in the Eastern Christian Church. In Greece, special foods are prepared: cake with 40 layers of pastry, stew with 40 herbs, 40 pancakes, etc. In Romania, little cakes called sfintisori ("little mints") are baked and given to and received from every passerby. Coliva is also traditional. Farm tools are readied for work, and hearth ashes are spread around the cottage to keep the serpent from entering (each home is said to have a serpent protecting it). More...
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 2:48:24 PM
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Sfintisori (proper spelling sfințișori) does not, as far as I can tell, have anything to to with MINT. It is the diminutive plural of the word meaning saint - thus - little saints.
This is the name of those little cakes more towards the eastern regions, approx. Molodova, while the rest of Orthodox Romania calls the mucenici.
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