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July-September 2010

Braşovul: 775 de ani
Brasov City: 775 years
Braşov: 775 Jahre
Brassó 775 éves
Un` te duci tu mielule?La Bran!
?Whereto dear lamb?? ... to Bran!
Wohin geht?s, Lamm ? Nach Bran!
Hová mész te, báránykám? Törcsvárra!
Maialul la Codlea
?Maial? from Codlea
Das Kronenfest in Zeiden
Majális Feketehalomban
Balul Mestecenilor, la Cristian
The Birch Trees` Holiday from Cristian
Der Neustädter Birkenball
Corul cantorilor din Ierulasim
The Jerusalem Cantors Choir
Der Kantoren-Chor aus Jerusalem
A jeruzsálemi kántorok kórusa
Ghimbav: Reafirmarea trecutului
Ghimbav: Reassertion of the past
Weidenbach: Die Vergangenheit wird nicht vergessen
Vidombák: a múlt vállalása
Turism ecologic la Mândra
Ecological tourism in Mandra
Ökotourismus in Mândra
Ökoturizmus Mundrán
Din peisajul cultural predelean
An outline of the cultural landscape of Predeal
Aus dem Kulturangebot in Predeal
Predeál kulturális élete
Sânpetru: Ruşcuţa de primăvară
Sanpetru: Spring Bird?s Eye (ruscuta in Romanian)
Petersberg: Das Frühlings-Adonisröschen
Szentpéter: tavaszi hérics
Multiculturalism la Tărlungeni
Multiculturalism in Tarlungeni
Multikulturalismus in Tărlungeni
Turism culinar cu melci, la Teliu
Gastronomic tourism with snails in Teliu
Schnecken-Gastrotourismus bei Teliu
Csigagasztronómia Keresztváron
Viscri: ?Satul de sine stătător?
Viscri, A free-standing village
Deutsch-Wei?kirch: ?Das selbständige Dorf?
Szászfehéregyháza: az önálló falu
Festivalul ecvestru - Râşnov 2010

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The Birch Trees` Holiday from Cristian


Cristian (called Noscht, Nâer?t in the Saxon dialect, Neustadt, Neustadt in Burzenland in German and Keresztényfalva in Hungarian) is a village from Transylvania, 9 km from the town of Brasov, on the way to Bran (National Highway 73). The village includes Cristian and it is bordered by Ghimbav to the north, by Brasov town to the east and by Rasnov town to the south and west.

After 15 years
?Last year, in 2009, a group of young people from Cristian managed to revive a 15-year old tradition. This tradition is also known as the Pentecost Maial, a feast in the field taken over from the Saxons. On this occasion birch trees are hung on the gates of the girls who are not yet married. Maial ends with the Birch Trees` Ball very much appreciated by the young locals,? said Mr. Serafim Dragos, Mayor of Cristian village.
Invitation to the ball
The young people from Cristian found out the meaning of this custom from the elderly and put it in practice as soon as possible. The local boys, dressed in folk costumes, gathered and made up the group of Zoritori. One day before the ball they went and hang a birch branch to each unmarried girl?s house, as an official invitation to the ball. At the ball the girls were presented to the entire community and the most beautiful of them was chosen to be the Princess of the Ball. According to the tradition, the girls have one year until the next ball to find a husband. The revived custom was mainly organized by the young locals with the support of the Town Hall.
The Arminden?s Holiday
The day dedicated to the God of Vegetation, protector of cattle, horses, crops, vineyards and orchards is called Arminden in Transylvania and it is celebrated until 23rd of April, on Saint George?s Day. This holiday continues to exist in several towns from the county of Brasov, known under the name of Arminden, and in others, such as Cristian, the Birch Trees` Holiday and it takes place each year on Pentecost Day.


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