Sercaia, located in the County of Brasov, belongs geographically to the historical region Tara Fagarasului. Between the wars, it used to be a part of the County of Fagaras. It is made up of villages: Sercaia, Vad and Halmeag and, throughout the course of time, it has been an important trade node of the Romanian-Hungarian-German interculturality, thus increasing tourist attractiveness. Sercaia is situated in the depressionary plain of Fagarasului (Sercaia and Vad) and on the hills of Transylvania (Halmeag). The natural reserve Dumbrava Vadului provides additional relaxation opportunities and sports activities to tourists.
"Old customs and traditions, some of them even unique, are still preserved in this small part of country. People are warm, eager to welcome guests in their thriving households. The cuisine is specific to Ardeal region, also borrowing something from the Transylvanian Saxon and Hungarian cuisines. The series of monasteries surrounding this place, namely Sambata, Bucium, Dejani, Carta, Fagaras, offer the tourist recreational opportunities and the chance to discover monastic traditions. At no more than 80 km from great historical and cultural centres such as Brasov, Sibiu, Fagaras, Rasnov and Bran, Sercaia is a place worth spending your holiday in," said Mr Cristinel Paltin, Mayor of Sercaia.
The Ploughman custom is performed in the village of Vad, Sercaia, the second day after Easter. This tradition honours the most hardworking young man in the village, who is taken to the river onto a harrow on other young men`s shoulders and sprinkled with water as a symbol of getting thriving annual crops. On this occasion a religious mass is performed and unique songs and hollers can be heard. The Ploughman custom is still celebrated in the towns of Vad, Venetia de Jos, Cuciulata and in Tara Oltului. This tradition has not lost its aspect of a ritual and takes the form of a great show featuring pantomime, costumes, music and dance.
The Daffodils` Festival
In the village of Vad, tourists can also enjoy, besides the old Romanian spirituality, the beauty of daffodils also known locally coprine blossoming in Dumbrava Vadului grove at 2 km far from the village. This place is worth stopping over even for a while when the daffodils` glade is open for visits. The Daffodils` Festival takes place on Saints Constantine and Helen`s Day, organized in the forest of Vad. On this occasion, tourists can enjoy folk shows and bucolic parties. Being already a tradition now, this festival is widely attended by the inhabitants of Rupea-Faragas region, as well as by tourists from the country and abroad.