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October-December 2013

Conferinţa finală DISTRICT +
The final conference DISTRICT +
Die Schlusskonferenz DISTRICT +
District Plus konferencia
Fatzada istorică cu lucrări murale
A historical facade with mural works
Historische Fassade mit Wandmalerei
Történelmi oromzat falfestménnyel
Braşovul, iarna
Brasov during wintertime
Kronstadt im Winter
Brassó télen
Vacanţă la Drăguş
On Holiday in Dragus
Ferien in Drăguş
Szabadság Draguson
Dumbrăviţa, satul ţânţărenilor
Dumbravita, the village of Tantareni
Dumbrăviţa, das Schnakendorf
Szunyogszeg faluja
Hălchiul de ieri şi de azi
Halchiu, past and present
Heldsdorf gestern und heute
Tegnapi és mai Höltövény
Sărbătorile, la Hoghiz
Winter holidays in Hoghiz
Die Feiertage in Hoghiz
Olthévízi ünnepek
Mândra legendară
Mandra, a legendary place
Das sagenhafte Mândra
Legendás Mundra
Bogăţie cultural-istorică, la Moieciu
Cultural and historical richness in Moieciu
Moieciu und seine kulturell-historische Vielfalt
Kulturális, történelmi gazdagság Moécson
"Festivalul Interetnic 7 sate"
"The Interethnic Festival 7 Villages"
"Das interethnische Festival der Sieben Dörfer"
7 falu interetnikus fesztivál
Tradiţii unice, la Şercaia
Unique traditions in Sercaia
Einzigartige Traditionen in Schirkanyen
Egyedi szokások Sárkányban
Ungra, colţ de Rai
Ungra, a corner of Heaven
Galt/Ungra ? ein Stück Paradies
Ungra, az Éden kertje

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Winter holidays in Hoghiz



     

     

Hoghiz is territorially situated in the northern-central area of the County of Brasov, in the region of Rupea, and it includes from the administrative point of view the villages of Hoghiz, Cuciulata, Fantana, Bogata, Dopca, Lupsa. This area is part of Persani Mountains and it looks like an Amphitheatre. Recordings of the village of Cuciulata exist since the Bronze Age. The Dacian settlement "Stogul lui Cotofan" lies at four kilometers distance from the village. The natural tourist attractions from these places (the forest Valea Bogatii, the Valley of Trestia, the Gorge of Dopca, the Valley of Lupsa, the basaltic micro-canyon in Hoghiz, the tuff quarry, Park Hoghiz and Cotul Turzunului) as well the local customs and traditions include Hoghiz among the places of tourist interest.
Christmas Eve
"The customs and traditions play an important role in the life of the community. For example, in Cuciulata, old customs, such as "Turca" and "Herods" are still celebrated on the evening before Christmas Day. The young men from the village dressed up in traditional costumes go from house to house singing "Turca", and the Herods is a play performed by the school children role playing the scene of the Lord`s Birth. The custom of Turca is celebrated in many villages in the area: Comana de Sus and Comana de Jos, Venetia de and Venetia de Jos, Cuciulata and Sambata de Sus and Sambata de Jos. Turca is different in Cuciulata, because of the way Turca (a mask) is adorned with ribbons and the way the young men dance on it," said Mr. Ion Serba, Mayor of Hoghiz.
Ceata (the group) of young men
The custom of "Ceata" is celebrated on Christmas Eve in the villages of Cuciulata and Fantana. The young men dress in traditional costumes and wander from house to house singing carols. Ceata is made up of five young men: one overseer, two "Turca" dancers and two cellarers or administrators, elected from among them. One of them wears a goat (turca) mask, a costume trimmed with colorful ribbons and several belts with sleigh bells attached to it. The local young men go from house to house singing "Turca", accompanied by fiddlers, and dance in front of all the people`s houses. First they stop at the priest`s house and sing to him "Colinda Popii Aleasa" (meaning the priest`s special carol). The hosts reward the carol singers with a colac (knot-shaped bread), a piece of meat and money. The young men eat their treats in the morning when the carol singing has finished.
Superstitions

According to the tradition, it is said that "Turca" carol singers and their hosts will have a thriving and healthy new year. On the New Year`s Eve, when the old year ends and a new one begins, they organize a festive meal as a symbol of leaving the old year behind and benefiting from good things in the new year. At the end of the winter holidays, after the Epiphany, the local people throw a party marking another moment in the life of the community, namely the Unification of the Romanian Principalities celebrated on January 24th.






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