In Brasov County the cultural events of the Hungarian and Transylvanian Saxons are preserved and many of them are taken over by the Romanians as well. In February, before the Lent begins, two representative events take place: "Shrove Tuesday" and "Fasching", events representing the renewal of time, including practices of space purification.
In the area Apata ? Ormenis, the Shrove Tuesday is celebrated with floats and masked people while "Fasching" is organized in Prejmer area which became a traditional feast of pancakes.
The Shrove Tuesday for the Hungarians
The Shrove Tuesday is a tradition of the Hungarian community of Burzenland, a spring ceremonial preceding the Lent. The attendants are marching boys wearing animal (wolf, bear) masks and also real life characters (bride, groom, doctor, priest etc.) are also represented. The girls of the village also take part in the preparations helping the boys making the masks, adorning the animals (horses, donkeys) and the float leading the cortege on the alleys of the village.
The cortege against the Evil
"The cortege is making noises to chase away hatred, malignancy, dirtiness, infertility, darkness and sometimes the cold season assimilated to the temporary death of the nature. The villagers gathered at the gates of the houses treat the attendants with donuts, give them money, palinka and raw eggs. A caravan marching on the streets of the village is organized. The Shrove Tuesday and "Fasching" are different from one place to another by specific elements of the Hungarians and the Transylvanian Saxons." said Adrian Valusescu, the Manager of the Service of Traditional Culture Promotion and Preservation within Reduta Cultural Centre.
"Fasching" for the Transylvanian Saxons
"Fasching" is specific to Prejmer commune and it represents a Transylvanian Saxons tradition preferred by youngsters. The tradition was revived and it promotes traditional Transylvanian Saxons gastronomy focusing on a wide range of pancakes. The central item is the caravan where stoves are lifted and where the young people make pancakes and sell them to the public. The money thus obtained is used to organize a party at the end of the day. On this occasion, the local pensions exhibit tens of pancakes sorts. Prizes are awarded for the giant pancake and for the best products.
Other events: "Children Festival" in Teliu and the "Cortege of Masks" in Budila where mummies are made and then burnt out.