The Morana tradition

Difficulty Difficult

Duration 45-60 minutes

Type of activity Long term activities

Season Spring

Occasion Any

Suitability Physically fit

Locations Outdoor

Tools

scissors

dummy (puppet) symbolizing Morana

crepe paper

markers

Goal

The objective is to introduce the tradition to celebrate the end of winter and have common experience. Typical custom of spring welcoming. Group activity which is outdoor and brings seniors and children together outside.

Intergenerational benefits

Understanding and relationship building

Understanding and relationship building

The activity promotes the understanding and appreciation of the attitudes, opinions, and experiences which different generations bring to the relationships, understanding and avoiding generational stereotypes and fostering tolerance of different lifestyles and an appreciation for cultural heritages, traditions and histories.

Intergenerational learning and skill sharing

Intergenerational learning and skill sharing

The activity promotes learning and skill sharing among younger and older generations. It involves the sharing of positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other, especially the experience with novelties of modern times and valuable life lessons as well as cultural and familiar traditions.

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

The activity promotes physical and mental well-being. It has a positive impact on the quality of life (feeling of self-worth and a reduction in loneliness and isolation, promotion of physical and cognitive activity).

Personal impact

Personal impact

Developing soft skills (like empathy, confidence, communication abilities, learning skills) and developing their own strengths and talents.

Cognitive skills

Cognitive skills

Supporting mental / brain-based skills we need to do anything from the simplest to the most complex tasks:perception, attention, memory, motor skills, language, visual and spatial processing, executive functions.

Community involvement

Community involvement

The activity increases confidence and involvement within the community. It offers a starting point that could have a positive impact within the community.

Step by Step

  1. Organize a parade to the nearest brook or river (flowing water).
  2. Celebrate the end of winter by singing song and saying rhymes.
  3. By the river everyone writes their wish or trouble which they want to let go on a piece of crepe paper and attach them to Morana.
  4. Morana is then thrown in the water as a symbol of leaving winter.
  5. On your way back look for the first signs of spring (spring flowers, grass sprouts etc.) and take them home with you.
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