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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


"Dragobete", The Romanian Valentine's Day



     

     

Valentine's Day, lovers' day, famous all around the world is celebrated on February 14th and is called "Dragobete" in the Romanian tradition, being celebrated on February 24th. Dragobete or Saint Joan of spring is considered to be the day when the wood birds loosen their tongue and start singing or the day when all birds and animals mate. In the folk tradition, Dragobete is assimilated to the beginning of spring and represents the celebration of the young men and women, of all those who are in love.
On this occasion, several events are organised in several localities from Brasov County, gathering the entire local community. It ends with the Dragobete Ball.

Love Declarations

This is the day when young men and women are making each other love declarations and ask the Dragobete to bring them love all year long. The girls collect snow, melt it and use the resulted water to wash during the entire year to become beautiful and loving. If a girl meets no boy this day, there is the traditional belief that she will not be loved the entire year. This custom attracts a lot of tourists in the mountain areas where tourism providers organize events for the celebration of Dragobete, the Romanian Valentine's Day.
In Bran-Moieciu region, during this period, the occupancy in pensions is at its highest level. The owners organize contests for young lovers, each having the possibility to receive a One-Day Marriage Certificate. They also organize fire camps, where people dance around and eat Romanian traditional food. In Moieciu "Dragobete Ball" is organized including a festive dinner in the sound of fiddlers` music.

Dragobete and the Birds

In Zizin village, Tarlungeni commune, Brasov County, interactive competitions and an evening sitting of local young people from all ethnic groups, Romanian, Hungarian and Romany, are organized on Dragobete. The children wear traditional costumes, as well as costumes symbolizing the coming of spring. According to the folk tradition, on Dragobete birds flock together, peeing and mating and start building nests. This day, the young men and women go out in the woods while yelling exultantly and pick up the first spring flowers. The girls fly their hands just like the birds do.

The Ritual Run

There is a tradition that young people still continue to be celebrated: they shout in a loud voice "Kiss the girls, Dragobete!", which urges young men to kiss young women. This is the moment of the ritual run which ends with girls' kissing. On Dragobete people used to build swings hung by trees' branches for the girls, saying loving words to make them accept their kisses and make promises of love.






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