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Halloween may be over, but this Merry Cemetery, that we came across in the village of Săpânța on our recent trip through the Maramureş county of Romania, is not about to get any less spooky.

Merry Cemetery, Romania

Merry Cemetery, Romania

The cemetery features colourful tombstones inscribed with light-hearted poems about the deceased life and death. Unlike other cemeteries around the world that provoke a rather sombre feeling, the Merry Cemetery was created out of belief that death is a moment filled with joy and anticipation for a better life.

Merry Cemetery, Romania Merry Cemetery, Romania Merry Cemetery, Romania

Established in 1935, the cemetery now features over 800 of these oak wood crosses and more are being added yearly.

Here is an example of just one of these inscriptions (thanks to Wikipedia)

Romanian

Sub această cruce grea
Zace biata soacră-mea
Trei zile de mai trăia
Zăceam eu și cetea ea.
Voi care treceți pă aici
Incercați să n-o treziți
Că acasă dacă vine
Iarăi cu gura pă mine
Da așa eu m-oi purta
Că-napoi n-a înturna
Stai aicea dragă soacră-mea

English

Under this heavy cross
Lies my poor mother-in-law
Three more days should she have lived
I would lie, and she would read (this cross).
You, who here are passing by
Not to wake her up please try
Cause’ if she comes back home
She’ll criticise me more.
But I will surely behave
So she’ll not return from grave.
Stay here, my dear mother-in-law!

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