The Orthodox Christians celebrate Rusaliile on June 11. On this day, the wells all over the country are being cleaned.
Octavian Mosin, priest of “Meeting of God” Church of the State University of Moldova, has told Info-Prim Neo that there is confusion between Rusaliile and Whit Monday, which in the Eastern Orthodox Church is known as “Monday of the Holy Spirit” or “Day of the Holy Spirit” and is the first day of the afterfeast of Pentecost, being dedicated specifically to the honor of God the Holy Spirit and particularly to the historical event of his descent on the holy apostles on Pentecost. Rusaliile is celebrated one week after the Pentecost.
“These two feasts have nothing in common. Whit Monday is religious in character, while Rusaliile is related to the local traditions,” said Octavian Mosin.
In Romanian mythology, Rusaliile or the Wicked Fairies were the daughters of Emperor Rusalim. They had magic powers, especially the power of seduction, and caused suffering to people. They say the Wicked Fairies madden all those who do not observe their holidays.