On June 27-29, the Town Hall Ghimbav and Local Council organized Ghimbav?s Days. The event took place on the local stadium, which hosted several artistic manifestations performed by various Romanian and German folkloric bands. .
Ghimbav?s Days is the feast of local traditions and habits, combining the past and the present history of the town.
The Settlement?s Origins
The origins of Ghimbav settlement is linked to the presence of the Teutonic Knights in Tara Barsei during 1211-1225 period and to the Saxons? colonization (the 13th century). The Teutonic Knights have been colonised by Hungarian King Andrew II to defend Transylvania against the Cumanic invasion and to catholicize the Romanians.
The process occurred in the 13th century, under the reign of the Hungarian royalty over Transylvania. Saxon Chronicles offer information about early Ghimbav and mention the Tatar invasion in 1241, when the construction of the stone churches designed by the Teutonic Knights has been completed. Even the local Saxon church in Gothic style was built in the same period.
The Romanians of Ghimbav
Romanians have been attested in Ghimbav by historical documents since 1700. In 1783, the Romanian church was built, and Romanians were fighting for the establishment of a Romanian schools on the remains of a cavalry barrack. The first spinning and paperboard factories have been established in the 20th century.
Customs and Traditions
As mayor Dorel Toma stated, Ghimbav?s Days are an opportunity to promote the local past and the traditions, which are common for both German and Romanian communities.