"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse
Reuters reports on a Romanian cemetary celebrating death.
Visitors stroll past rows of graves, pointing at epitaphs, reading them out loud and laughing unashamedly.
But not even a tearful family laying flowers on a fresh grave takes offence because in the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, tucked in a remote corner of northern Romania, life and death are celebrated equally.
Stan Ion Patras, who died in 1977, carved and painted his first bright blue cross in 1935, with a likeness of the deceased on top and a poem below.
Inspired by stories told about the dead person during the traditional three-day feast before the funeral, Patras would compose rhymes describing the person's life or death.
"Cemeteries used to terrify me when I was a child," said Alexa Varriano, a visitor from New York. "But not this one. This is beautiful."
Her friend, Andrea Gissing from Seattle agreed: "It's more a celebration of life than mourning."
"We had heard about this place and we came to visit," said Maria Leonti, an elderly visitor from a nearby village. "Now I wish I could be buried here."
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