In the historical region Țara Bârsei there is Hălchiu Commune, in the old days Heltie, Heltia (in the Transylvanian Saxon dialect, Haljtsdref, in German Heldsdorf, Heldesdorf, Heltesdorf, Höltövény, Heltevény in Hungarian). This is the residence village seat of the commune with the same name in Brașov County, Transylvania, Romania. It is16 km from Brașov,11 km from Codlea and 8 km from Feldioara, and the distance between village Hălchiu and Satu Nou is just 2 km.
„The organisation in September of Hălchiu Commune days every year has already turned into a tradition. Besides the purpose of promoting the traditions and multiculturalism of the commune, we are interested in promoting young talents, because they are and will be taking further this cultural – traditional dowry of the commune. We wanted to offer the locals and tourists a diversified program for all tastes and ages”. declared Ioan Gârbacea, the Mayor of Hălchiu Commune.
To perpetuate traditions, in the event are also involved the youngest children from Hălchiu Kindergarten and those from the Secondary School in Hălchiu and Satu Nou. They are taught authentic popular dances, are dressed in popular costumes and participate, next to the older ones, to the parade of popular costumes, a suite parading from the centre of the commune to the stage between the chestnuts of the sports facility in the locality. A series of fun events is also organized for children. The first day ends with a wonderful firework.
The parade of folk costumes
The most impressive moment is the parade of the folk costumes, the suite all folk ensembles invited at Hălchiu Commune Days are part of, next to the famous local ensemble „Floare de Castan”. The suite is led by the brass band, and when they get to the location of the event, a large round dance starts. Folk recitals by famous artists are also part of the program. There are also craftsmen stands.
Ileana Gafton Dragoș