Sinca Noua is a village located in Brasov County, Transylvania region, Romania, which has received the ?European village? mark. Within the sustainable development plan of Brasov County, Sinca Noua village is part of the micro-region Dumbrava Narciselor, including also Comana, Parau, Sercaia, Sinca and Mandra villages. The purpose is to promote the region and to develop common projects. The customs have been preserved here unaltered for hundreds of years, the most famous of them being ?Roata in flacari? (The Burning Wheel) or ?Strigarea peste sat? (The Public Outcry), a ceremony intended to keep away bad spirits.
?Roata în flăcări? or ?Strigarea peste sat? is a ceremony and a right of the lads group, which takes place in Sinca Noua and Parau, upon the beginning of the fasting period. In Parau village the custom is also called ?Baba Roata?. All those who did not obey the community?s rules will be subject to public disapprobation. In the past, the lads from the village used to gather uphill and have stinging words for old maids, old bachelors and for all those who strayed from the moral path. The entire villagers, especially the single girls could hear the well informed and ironic outcry of the lads. The main elements of this ceremony are the cart wheels and fire.
The cart wheel
Mr. Dumitru Flucus, Mayor of Sinca Noua village, is the son of the village and he always takes part in this custom celebration wearing a folk costume. ?The main element of this ceremony is the burning wheel, a cart wheel wrapped up in straws that is set on fire after having been mounted by the group of lads, with great pomp, uphill. Then the wheel is rolled downhill in the clamour of the lads,? said the Mayor talking about the lads group of which he is part, too and about the items used in this nightly ceremony.
The wheel and the fire
This custom conveys the complex meaning of the two elements, wheel and fire, namely the renewal and purification of people. The ritual meaning has been preserved up to this day and the spectacular side of the custom is emphasized. The spiritual aspect is also worth considering because the fire and the lads clamour aim at casting bad spirits away.
It is worth mentioning that the entire community is involved in the preservation of this tradition, trying to make it more and more spectacular each year.