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January-March 2011

Strategia de dezvoltare a judeţului Braşov
The Strategy for the Development of Brasov County
Die Entwicklungsstrategie für den Landeskreis Braşov/Kronstadt
Brassó megye fejlesztési stratégiája
Ziua României, la Nurnberg
Celebrating Romania's Day in Nurnberg
Der Tag Rumäniens in Nürnberg
Románia napja Nürnbergben
Cel mai mare edificiu gotic - Biserica Neagră
The Black Church, the Biggest Gothic Monument
Grö'ter gotischer Bau in Siebenbürgen
A legkeletibb gót épület - a Fekete templom
Şaguna - 160 de ani
Şaguna High School 160 - Year Anniversary
Şaguna - 160 Jahre
Şaguna - 160 év
Poiana Braşov: 'Cursa Trăsniţilor'
The 'Crazy Race' in Poiana Brasov
Schulerau/Poiana Braşov: 'Das verrückte Rennen'
Brassó Pojána: 'Háborodottak versenye'
Codlea: "Mărţişorul sau funia anului"
Codlea: " Mărţişor or the Year's Rope"
Codlea/Zeiden: Das Märzchen oder das Jahresband
Feketehalom: Márciuska avagy az év szalaga
Dragobetele - Ziua Îndrăgostiţilor la români
"Dragobete", The Romanian Valentine's Day
Dragobete - der rumänische Tag der Verliebten
Dragobete, a szerelmesek ünnepe a románoknál
Comuna Hărman: Fondul turistic
The Tourism Patrimony of Harman Commune
Hărman/Honigberg: Das Tourismus-Angebot
Szászhermány: turisztikai alap
Alungarea spiritului iernii
Chasing Away the Winter Spirit
Die Vertreibung des Winters
A tél szellemének eluzése
Predeal: Bun venit pe munte!
Predeal: Welcome to the mountains!
Predeal: Willkommen in den Bergen!
Isten hozott a hegyre!
The Fosnich's Holiday
Die Fosnich-Feier
A Fosnich ünnepe
Picturi pe piatră şi artă totemică
Stone Paintings and Totemic Art
Malerei auf Stein und Totemkunst
Kofestmények, totemisztikus muvészet


Codlea: " Mărţişor or the Year's Rope"



     

     

Spring is awaited and celebrated with great pomp by the inhabitants of Codlea town from Brasov County, situated on the road connecting Bucharest to Sibiu, the first European capital from Romania. Everything has to do with 1rst of March, the Day of Martisor, when the "First Snowdrop" event takes place or when people choose their days from among the days at the beginning of March, called "Babele" or "Mosii". This time of year, on the 8th of March, the women celebrate the "Women's Day". All these support the name of "The City of Flowers" that has been given to Codlea town.

The Days of Baba

The cycle of first nine or 12 days of March, corresponding to the days when the sheep flocks are moved to the mountains by Baba Dochia, is dedicated to the death and resurrection of the Earth Goddess and the calendar time.
"The customs and magical practices of time renewal are mainly performed on the first day of the cycle, 1rst of March, locally called Dochia, Mărţişor, Dragobete and on the last day of the cycle, when Dochia dies, on the 9th of March, called Mosi, Macinici, 40 Saints. People chose one day from the Dochia's days and judging by how the weather is on the chosen day, they know how the new year will be for them. If the weather is cold, snowy and sleety, the phenomenon is called by different names: <>," said Mr. Petrica Buhnici, Manager of the Culture Centre of Codlea.

The Symbol of 1rst of March

The "Martisor" thread or the Year's Rope symbolizes the first day of March. The two threads knitted in white and red are a symbol of the two extreme seasons: winter and summer. The young people from Codlea announce the first day of March with a show called "The First Snowdrop". This is an occasion for them to offer Martisor threads to women. Pupils from the Secondary School of Codlea, teachers, parents and guests participate in this event. Usually, the show is organized under the auspices of the Culture Centre of Codlea, together with the Town Hall and the Local Council, which allot funds for these events and make sure everything goes as scheduled.

An Exceptional Show

Both at the "First Snowdrop" festival and on "Women's Day", the folk song and dance groups "Magura Codlei" divided in three generations perform, as well as children groups from local secondary school and kindergarten and local vocalists.
"Every year, the beginning of spring makes us welcome it with cultural events which highlight the traditions and customs preserved over the years. We are glad that this time we have also managed to bring talented people from Codlea in the same place. They made the best of the cultural potential of Codlea," said Mr. Petrica Buhnici, Manager of the Culture Centre of Codlea.






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