Tururi virtuale


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October-December 2011

Carte de vizită: Judeţul Braşov
Destination: The County of Brasov
Kurze Visitenkarte von Kronstadt
Brassó megyei útikalauz
Pădurile virgine de la Şinca
The old-growth forests from Sinca
Die Urwälder bei Şinca
A sinkai szűz erdők
Folclorul autentic, promovat la Budila
Promoting Genuine Folklore in Budila
Authentische Folklore wird gefördert
A valódi folklórt népszerűsítik Bodolán
Crăciunul şi Anul Nou, la Codlea
Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Codlea
Weihnacht und Neujahr in Zeiden
Karácsony és újév Feketehalomban
Cristian: Drumul pâinii
Cristian: the "Road of Bread"
Neustadt: Der Weg des Brotes
Keresztényfalva és A kenyér útja
Satul românesc: Dumbrăviţa
Dumbrăviţa, a Romanian village
Das rumänische Dorf Dumbrăviţa
Szúnyogszék, a román falu
Ghimbavul turistic
The tourist side of Ghimbav
Das touristische Weidenbach
A turizmus Vidombákon
Zilele Hălchiului
The Days of Halchiu
Die Heldsdorfer Tage
Höltövényi napok
Crăciunul la Homorod
Christmas in Homorod
Weihnachten in Hamruden
Karácsony Szászhomoródon
Focul lui Sumedru
The "Fire of Sumedru" Custom
Sumedrus Feuer
Sumedru tüzének ünnepe
Miraculoasele legende de la Sânpetru
The Wondrous Legends of Sanpetru
Petersberger Sagen
A szenpéteri csodás történetek, legendák
Festivalul Oierilor
The Festival of Sheep Breeders
Das Festival der Schafzüchter
Juhtenyésztők fesztiválja

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Christmas in Homorod



Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays have a special meaning for the locals from Homorod, a commune from Brasov County, where the Romanians, the Hungarians and the Saxons live together. People make early preparations for the Birth of Jesus Christ, they fast, clean their houses and procure everything necessary for adorning the Christmas tree and wait for Santa Clause with presents. The young women and men pay special attention to the folk costumes they wear with great honor during these holidays.

Carol Singing

"On the Christmas night, young men go to girls` houses and sing carols such as announcing the Birth of Jesus Christ. On Christmas` Eve, children perform a custom called Steaua, holding in their hands a star made by themselves on which they affix an icon representing the birth of Jesus Christ. On December25th, the young men and women go to church, dressed in folk costumes, side by side. They sing carols first at the priest?s house, then at the mayor's, the teacher's and finally at the young women's houses who gather together relatives and friends. They are offered pork ribs, sausages, brandy and other food that they usually eat on such occasion," said Mr. Marcel Pelei, Mayor of Homorod.

Carol "Steaua sus răsare"

Around the winter holidays, apart from "Steaua" custom when people sing the carol "Steaua sus răsare", it is also customary to sing some carols called "Plugusorul" and "Sorcova".
Through carols people wish to each other health, prosperity and fulfillment of desires in the New Year. The carol singing is the most popular tradition of Romanians. They say that when people refuse to greet carol singers or offer them presents, the magical effects are reversed, bringing them bad luck the whole year.

Carol "Plugusorul"

Carol "Plugusorul" is sung at each house on the New Year's Eve or until the morning of the New Year's Day. It used to be sung by children or teenagers, as it is nowadays, too. Though, they say that a long time ago only men performed this custom. The reciting of the carol's text is accompanied by bells ringing in the sound of buhai and whip strokes. In a more complex display of this custom other musical instruments are used, too (whistle, bagpipe, drum, kobza, violin) as well as fire crackers and popguns, amplifying the noise specific to this custom.


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