Rumelja/ Sao Roma/ Ederlezei/ Jeni Jol

I found various versions of Rumelja as a folk dance – from slow and meditative (and easy) to pretty quick and perhaps more challenging. Also called Sao Roma or Sa O Roma.

Here are a few I found. Likely in sacred circle dance, it’s the slower ones we typically dance. Which do you like best? Which have you danced?

Ederlezei – Spring Festival song.

“Ederlezi” is a popular traditional folk song of the Romani minority in the Balkans.

The song got its name from Ederlezi which is a Spring festival, celebrating the return of springtime, celebrated especially by Romani people in the Balkans, and elsewhere around the world. Ederlezi is the Romani name for the BulgarianMacedonian and Serbian Feast of Saint George. It is celebrated on 6 May [O.S. 23 April] (occurring approximately 40 days after the spring equinox). The various Balkan spellings (Herdeljez, Erdelezi) are variants of the Turkish Hıdırellez, a holiday signaling the beginning of spring, occurring on the same day.

The lyrics seem somewhat questionable. You can read the English translation here:

Woman of Rumelia (translation)

You broke my heart
My beautiful bitch
You broke my heart, Baby,
Beautiful honey.

Oh, woman of Rumelia
Come on, let’s get it together
Oh, woman of Rumelia
Let’s get it together.

This one seems to have making a turn an individual option.


Rumelaj, Romani (gypsy) folk dance from Macedonia.

Presented by the Dunav folk dancers

Oh, my! Improvvisazione di danza American Tribal Style® di Tengri Tribe a villa Pamphili, Rome, Italy. Equinozio d’Autunno al PPD 2012
Direzione di Erika dell’ Acqua. ATS is American Tribal Style/Stars

If you love this music, here’s a whole playlist for you: Sao Roma/Ederlezei/Rumelaj starts at 18:32.

And some folk dance notes and workshop:

Published on Jan 6, 2011

Yorgo Kaporis, Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Australian Academy of Balkan Dance and Culture – Dusha Balkana – Soul of the Balkans teaches Ederlezi, Sa O Roma. The dance is a traditional Macedonian Dance by the name of Jeni Jol (Turkish) which means “A different way”.

And then I found myself down the Rabbit Hole once again…

Hallowe’en/Samhain Dance at Ishtar Gala.

Music: “Immortal Egypt” by Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy

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