Tururi virtuale


Nr: 117-119
April-June 2014

"De la căruţă, la zborul cu motor"
"From carriage to motor-powered aircraft"
"Vom Pferdewagen zum Motorflug"
A szekértől a motoros repülésig
Instituţia Prefectului - 150 de ani
150 years of the Prefect`s Institution celebration
Das Amt des Präfekten ? 150 Jahre
150 éves a prefektusi hivatal
Descoperă sufletul Transilvaniei!
Discover the Heart of Transylvania!
Entdecke die Seele Siebenbürgens!
Fedezd fel Erdély lelkét!
Târgul de Florii și Paște
Florii (Palm Sunday) and Easter Fair
Virágvasárnapi és húsvéti vásár
Zilele Braşovului
The Days of Brasov
Die Kronstädter Tage
Brassó napjai
Armindeni în Transilvania
May Day in Transylvania
Das Maifest in Siebenbürgen
Májusfa napja Erdélyben
Basarabia - File din Poveste
Bessarabia ? Pages from a tale
Bessarabien ? ein Märchenland
Besszarábia ? mesék világa
Noul sezon de turism rural
A new rural tourism season
Die neue Saison im Dorftourismus
Új évad a falusi turizmusban
Bucătărie tradiţională sănătoasă
A Healthy Traditional Cuisine
Gesunde traditionelle Küche
Egészséges hagyományos konyha
Cununa Florilor ? Kronenfest
Kronenfest or Flower Crown
Das Kronenfest
Virágkoszorú ? Kronenfest
Şercaia: Ocazii suplimentare de relaxare
Extra Relaxation Opportunities in Sercaia
Schirkanyen: Zusätzliche Möglichkeiten zum Entspannen
Sárkány: Kikapcsolódási lehetőségel
Şinca Nouă ? moştenire vie
Sinca Noua, a Living Legacy
Şinca Nouă ? ein lebendiges Erbe
Újsinka ? élő örökség

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Kronenfest or Flower Crown


Flower Crown is a summer custom organized on Saints Peter and Paul`s Day (June 29th). It is a celebration of flowers, abundant vegetation, which brings hope for a fertile soil. This festivity is specific to the inhabitants of Rupea region, from Viscri, Bunesti, Fiser, Dacia, Homorod, Mercheasa, Jimbor, where powerful Transylvanian Saxon communities used to live. This event has its origins in a Transylvanian Saxon custom called Kronenfest or the Crown`s Holiday, celebrated at the same day.

Making the Crowns

Preparations for this event start a few days before June 29th when young men go to the fields and pick up flowers. The wreaths are braided at one of the girls` house. Two flower wreaths are made, a children`s wreath and a youth`s wreath, which are then hung on pillars in the church`s yard. A piece of cheese and a bottle of brandy are hidden between the crown`s boughs, that will be offered later to the participants. When everybody is gathered around the wreaths, a young man climbs each pillar and gives a holler. The text is written by the priest and speaks about the religious meaning of the day of June 29th. During the entire celebration, old songs dedicated to heroes are sang. The traditional round dance is also part of this festivity. At the end people give the salute "May you live many years!"

The Heroes` Crown

"In Bunesti, this custom has acquired another meaning which refers to patriotism and revolution found in the lyrics of the songs sung on this occasion. The Crown is dedicated to the heroes who died while fighting in the battles for the liberation of Ardeal. On the same Saints Peter and Paul`s Day, the Day of Sanpetru is celebrated in the town with the same name when another celebration honouring flowers and soil fertility takes place called Ruscuta de primavara (the spring Bird`s Eye flower). Kronenfest or the Crown`s Holiday takes place in Codlea Municipality. This summer custom taken from the Transylvanian Saxons is a celebration of flowers and abundant vegetation. All these events are attended by locals and guests from the surrounding regions," said Mr Adrian Valusescu, Director of the County Centre for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture in Brasov.

From one season to another

This holiday is part of the series of customs celebrated throughout the year in the County of Brasov and symbolizes a period of transition from one season to another, from spring to summer. It brings hope to the people for a thriving and joyful season. Nowadays in certain regions this custom takes also the form of bucolic parties. Its purpose is to preserve and make the most out of local traditions, to pass them on to future generations but also to create a bond between the Romanian and Transylvanian Saxon communities. These customs are very appealing to foreign tourists.


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