Tururi virtuale


Nr: 32-33
March-April 2007

Braşovul la Bruxelles
Study case: Brasov County, Romania
Etude de cas: Brasov, Roumanie
Studio di caso: la provincia de Brasov
Festival Maghiar la Apaţa
Magyar Festival at Apaţa
Festival Magyar à Apaţa
Festival Ungherese ad Apaţa
Turism de cinci stele la Braşov
Five Stars Tourism at Braşov
Tourisme de cinq etoiles a Braşov
Turismo di cinque stelle a Braşov
200 de ani de prezenţă evreiască la Braşov
The Jewish Community of Braşov
La Communauté juive de Brasov
La Comunità ebrea di Brasov
Picturile lui Gabriel Stan
The Quest of Gabriel Stan
Mândra, o zonă naturală
Storage Lakes and Touring Area
Lacs d'accumulation et zone touristique
Bacini di raccolta e zona turistica
Prefecturi la standarde europene
Prefectures on EU Standrads
Préfectures à des standards UE
Prefetture a standard UE
Moieciu luptă pentru păstrarea obiceiurilor
Say "Cheese" and eat It!
La joie du fromage
L'allegria del formaggio
Muntele Tâmpa
Mount Tampa - a peculiar Reserve
Muzeul de Etnografie Braşov
Reconstituting anciens Ways of Life
Reconstituer d'anciens modes de vie
Riconstituzione di vecchi stilli di vita
Paştele şi ouăle Învierii
Easter and the Resurrection Eggs
Les Pâques et les oeufs de la Résurrection
La Pasque e le uova delle Risurrezione
Ceremonialul "Plugarul"
The Ploughman's Custom
Il Costume dell'Aratore
Predeal, ţinta vacanţelor reuşite
Predeal, the perfect destination
Predeal, la destination parfaite
Predeal, la destinazione perfetta
Fasching - Caravana Clătitelor
The Pancake Caravan
La Caravane de Crêpes
La Carovana delle Crêpes
Ceremonialul focului la Şinca Nouă
The Wheel on Fire
La roue en flammes
La Ruota in fiamme
Balul portului popular la Rupea
Popular Clothes' Bal
Le Bal de l'Habit Populaire
Il Ballo degli Abiti Popolari

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The Wheel on Fire


At Sinca Noua, an ancient costume resurged after being oppressed for 50 years by the communist regime. On Shrovetide, the unmarried youngster celebrate a nocturne ceremonial already became famous.

?The Wheel on fire? or ?The Shouting across the village? is a village?s feast organized by the youngsters to mock the spinsters. The central element of the nocturne ceremony taking place between Winter and Spring is the wheel on fire.

Dumitru Flucus, the mayor of Sinca Noua, says the costume has gained through the years a spectacular character: ?People can?t say how ancient the costume is. On Shrovetide the youngsters gather to decide which girl of the village is the most beautiful or the most reach. If the girl refuses to get married, the boy whose proposal was denied climbs the hill to throw the wheel?.

A double Symbol

Two symbolic and ritual elements hang together in this costume: the wheel and the fire. The wheel symbolizes the cycles, the beginnings, the renewals, being a solar symbol as well. The fire represents the burning element, meaning purifying, illumination, passion, but also destruction ? the punishment fire.

The Village?s Feast

The event becomes a real village?s feast, combining the mysterious tradition whit a rustic party. The householder chosen by the participants wraps the wheel in straws and offers everybody plum brandy. The youngsters perform traditional dances, accompanied by a rustic orchestra then climb the hill to lance the wheel on fire.

Mystical Roots

"The wheel on fire" has mystical roots. The flames chase the bad spirits, while people yell and make a lot of noise. The screaming, the whip cracklings and the drum beat have a purifying meaning, chasings malefic spirits away. The feast puts an end to the marriages period and opens the purifying path on Easter? Eve.


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