The Town Hall organized on 27-30 of April popular parades, exhibits, out-door concerts and the Handicraftsmen Fair within the already known manifestation ?Braşov?s Days?. The most impressive moment of the event occured as always on the first Sunday after Easter, when the inhabitants of neighborhood Schei use to celebrate their traditional feast called ?Junii Brasovului?.
The Juni?s Procession
Although its origins have been lost, the Junii, the inhabitants of Schei, still live according to well-established traditional rules. One of them says, every year, the first Sundays after Easter, the Junii should gather dressed in their traditional costumes and form a procession to cross the old city's streets up to the so-called "Intre chetri" (Between the Rocks), where the ritual starts. Each group has three leaders which names remind the military hierarchy: ?vătaful? (a kind of captain) big ?armaşul? and little ?armaşul? (the lieutenants). The colors of their clothes ? red for the captain, yellow and blue for the lieutenants, symbolize the Romanian national flag ?tricolorul?. The priest of Saint Nicholas Church blesses their traditional flags. They dance and sing traditional Romanian songs; one of them, placed in the middle of the dancers, throws the scepter. When the ritual ends, Junii and their families have a nice barbecue with music and the Romanian "hamburger" called "mic".
It is a unique event because only once a year they wear their traditional costumes, some of them made around 1728.
The Junii?s Groups
The Junii are divided into seven main groups:
- The Young Junii (1728). They wear hats with three coloured bands. Their flag has the image of Saguna College on one side and a mounted June on the other one.
- The Old Junii (1834). They proceed from the Young Juni who got married.
- The Whitish Junii (1869). They wear white fur caps and their flag has Al. I. Cuza's image.
- The Turkey Junii (1879). They wear black fur caps with a turkey feather. On their flag you could see Mihai Viteazu's countenance.
- The Horseman Junii called Rosiori (1908). They wear a picked cap with red tuft.
- The Dorobanti Junii (1924). They wear grey fur caps. Their flag has the image of a mounted June and the bugler soldier.
- The Junii of the Old City (Brasov). They wear black caps with a top and have the same flag as the Whitish Juni.