In Brasov county there are magical costumes, handed down across time, that still gather the entire community. One of these amazing feasts is The Ploughman?s Ceremonial, celebrated in the villages Vad and Venetia and Tara Oltului area. The custom?s purpose is to invoke the willingness and the protection of the forces believed to govern the chthonian and vegetal world.
The tradition has its roots in some magic beliefs and celebrates the first householder of the village ready to plough. He used to be considered once as the mediator element between the village?s population and the supernatural forces.
The ceremony of the Ploughman?s custom starts with a ludicrous moment: the young who had the courage to be the first one to seize the plough, validated by the community?s youngsters, hides into the farm and the others go in quest of him. When they find him, they put a wreath on his head and gird him with a greenery belt. They hoist him on a harrow and the entire procession of youngsters, girded with greenery belts, goes to the river.
Party for a reach Harvest
The procession, surrounding the ploughman, stops at the river bank. The men throw the harrow in the water. The ploughman climbs on it and sprinkle with water everybody on the river side. After the ceremony, the procession returns to the ploughman?s house, where they organize a great party, wishing a reach harvest for that year. The ceremony still conserves its ritual aspect, combined with mimic elements, music and dance.
Sacred and profane
The costumes dedicated to the agricultural labors have an augural signification, due to the importance of the primordial in the traditional mentality. In the popular mentality, the water is not a pure sacral element, like in the religious one, but a strict fact directly involved in the work process. It keeps nonetheless its signification as a lustration, with a primordial fecundity meaning.