Ungra, earlier known as Ugrona, is a town in the county of Brasov, Transylvania, Romania, which was set up around year 1100, when the first Transylvanian Saxon colonizers settled here. But the living traces are much older and they were discovered by archaeologists.
The favourable natural conditions fostered the emergence of some human settlements from the older times and traces of the past, discovered in this corner of our country, reminding us of the ancient Roman castrum Pons Vetus. Objectives for tourists: the Evangelic Fortified Church (13th century), in the portal of which lion heads are built up from the ruins of the Roman castrum and the Church in the Hill (19th century).
Village Daisoara, certified in documents in 1606 belongs to commune Ungra.
Village Daisoara entered the cultural conscience of people because of the special beauty of the costumes and of the dances, sacredly preserved from generation to generation. The dance of the people in Daisoara is also famous abroad, not only in the country. It has appeared in these places at the same time with the first inhabitants and it has developed as an expression of their spirituality. Everyone in Daisoara is a good dancer, thinking of himself/herself as a descendent of the outlaws. The beautiful and attractive popular costumes, the canvas they are using to decorate their houses are the result of gifted hands of our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. This is the reason for which they are proudly worn by young girls and boys during winter holidays.
"The group of carol singers is made up of 7-9 boys, the leader being the older one, wearing a rod and a basket in which they put the sweets taken from the girls? tree. There is also a cashier with a tote bag at his neck collecting money. Carol singing starts on Christmas day after the girls bring the rod and the decoration for the hats of young boys and set for the Church to get the Priest?s blessing. Then they leave to all the houses where there are young girls of boys. Carols are sung, they sing and dance accompanied by fiddlers. In the morning, when they ended singing carols they go to the spring called "Oarda", they wash their hands and faces and the girls bring towels. The second Christmas day the young boys and the fiddlers take the dancing to the community centre, where most of the people from Daisoara gather to party until late at night." declared Traian Stanciu, the Mayor of commune Ungra.
Putting together all the information you got, you?ll find at least one thing to hold your attention and your wish to find out more by your own about the unique beauty of these places, friendly cheerful people and the charm of a hospitable commune.