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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.france24.com/en/20080805-black-sea-resort-bans-funeral-processions-romania-tourism ROMANIA - TOURISM Black Sea resort bans funeral processions
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      ROMANIA - TOURISM
      Black Sea resort bans funeral processions
      Tuesday 05 August 2008
      By Mirel Bran

      The mayor of Mangalia, a small town on Romania's Black Sea coast,
      has decided to ban traditional funeral processions during the holiday
      season stretching from early May to mid September.

      According to Orthodox tradition - shared by 87% of Romanians - the
      body of the deceased is to be carried around town by his family and
      relatives before burial. The procession marks several stops at road
      crossings, as well as a passage through church, before heading for
      the cemetery.

      "The movement of funeral processions across town affects the comfort
      of tourists while also generating an atmosphere of sadness and
      unhappiness," explains the mayor of Mangalia, Mihai Tusac.
      "Furthermore, these processions put peoples' lives at risk, as the
      heavy summer traffic grapples with the town's congested streets."

      Mangalia's town hall wants the local population to quietly carry the
      deceased to the cemetery, without the traditional twists and turns.
      Yet, in a country determined to preserve its distinct culture after
      joining the European Union, not everyone aggress with Tusac and his
      colleagues.

      Still, the financial stakes tied to the development of tourism along
      the Black Sea may yet produce a change of heart. "In modern society,
      death is no longer an event shared among the community but an aspect
      of private life," says local law. "The aim of this measure is to
      encourage the development of tourism in accordance with EU rulings."
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