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.
"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.
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.