hora

hora

[hawr-uh, hohr-uh]
noun
a traditional Romanian and Israeli round dance.

Origin:
1875–80; < Modern Hebrew hōrāh < Romanian horă < Turkish hora

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hora (ˈhɔːrə)
 
n
a traditional Israeli or Romanian circle dance
 
[from Modern Hebrew hōrāh, from Romanian horǎ, from Turkish]

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hora

folk dance of Romania and Israel, performed in a linked circle. The most popular Romanian hora, the Hora Mare, or Great Hora, is danced both on special occasions such as weddings and for relaxation. It is a metaphor for the community: the circle opens to admit nubile women, adolescent boys entering manhood, and those ending mourning; conversely, it shuts out anyone who has violated local moral standards. The dance steps are simple: the dancers face the centre, take one step forward, one back, three to the left, and five to the right, so that soon the circle moves counterclockwise.

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