National Geographic : 1998 Sep
Grins are contagiousas Gypsies congregate in western Walachiafor a three-dayfestival honoringSt. Gregory. Oldgold coins-once subject to confiscation-arenowflaunted asjewelry. The country's Gypsy, or Roma, population is Europe's largest. Kept as slaves until 1864, the Roma still suffer persecution,stereotyped as itinerantthieves.