If you’re in town during October, you’re gonna enjoy the biggest yearly celebration in the city centre. Together with the Saint Paraskeva Pilgrimage, the city hall organizes various concerts, fairs and fireworks, along Stephen the Great Boulevard and Palace of Culture Square.
Legend says that as a child, Paraskeva heard in a church the Lord’s words: “Whoever wants to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8, 34). These words would determine her to give her rich clothes away to the poor and to flee to Constantinople. Her parents, who did not support her decision to follow an ascetic, religious life, looked for her in various cities. Paraskeva fled to Chalcedon in Asia Minor, and afterwards lived at the church of the Most Holy Theotokos in Heraclea Pontica in Bithynia. She led an austere life, experiencing visions of the Virgin Mary. Her travels took her to Jerusalem; she wished to spend the rest of her life there. After seeing Jerusalem, she settled in a convent in the desert near the River Jordan.
When she was 25, an angel appeared, telling her to return to her homeland. She returned to Constantinople, and then, aged 25, lived in the village of Kallikrateia, in the church of the Holy Apostles. She died at the age of 27.
Brought to Iași by Vasile Lupu in 1641, the Saint is thought to grant miracles to all those who pray at her relics, so hundreds of thousands of worshipers flock to Iași each year, full of hope and spirituality.
Even if you’re a believer or not, Iași Celebration Days are a good opportunity to enjoy lots of happenings in the city center. Among them, the International Folklore Music Festival “Rose from Moldova”, the Autumn Fair which will take place on the Costache Negri Esplanade – The Chestnut Alley, on Stephen The Great Boulevard and The Union Square, the Wine Celebrations in the parking lots surrounding Hala Centrala.
Take a look at the list below to plan your attractions in the main area of the event and stay tuned in the upcoming days of the festival when we will update you with the events calendar.