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October-December 2013

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The final conference DISTRICT +
Die Schlusskonferenz DISTRICT +
District Plus konferencia
Fatzada istorică cu lucrări murale
A historical facade with mural works
Historische Fassade mit Wandmalerei
Történelmi oromzat falfestménnyel
Braşovul, iarna
Brasov during wintertime
Kronstadt im Winter
Brassó télen
Vacanţă la Drăguş
On Holiday in Dragus
Ferien in Drăguş
Szabadság Draguson
Dumbrăviţa, satul ţânţărenilor
Dumbravita, the village of Tantareni
Dumbrăviţa, das Schnakendorf
Szunyogszeg faluja
Hălchiul de ieri şi de azi
Halchiu, past and present
Heldsdorf gestern und heute
Tegnapi és mai Höltövény
Sărbătorile, la Hoghiz
Winter holidays in Hoghiz
Die Feiertage in Hoghiz
Olthévízi ünnepek
Mândra legendară
Mandra, a legendary place
Das sagenhafte Mândra
Legendás Mundra
Bogăţie cultural-istorică, la Moieciu
Cultural and historical richness in Moieciu
Moieciu und seine kulturell-historische Vielfalt
Kulturális, történelmi gazdagság Moécson
"Festivalul Interetnic 7 sate"
"The Interethnic Festival 7 Villages"
"Das interethnische Festival der Sieben Dörfer"
7 falu interetnikus fesztivál
Tradiţii unice, la Şercaia
Unique traditions in Sercaia
Einzigartige Traditionen in Schirkanyen
Egyedi szokások Sárkányban
Ungra, colţ de Rai
Ungra, a corner of Heaven
Galt/Ungra ? ein Stück Paradies
Ungra, az Éden kertje

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Halchiu, past and present



Halchiu situated in the County of Brasov, was first attested in a document of 1211 when King of Hungary, Andrei II awarded to Tara Barsei the Order of the Teutonic Knights. German colonists, later on called Transylvanian Saxons have been brought here to settle, until 1255. Halchiu appeared on the map of Johannes Honterus in 1532 and together with Satu Nou on the Josephine military map in the period 1769 ? 1772. The village`s coat of arms represents a hero holding a mace in his right hand and a globe/crucifix in his left hand, from which the name of Hedl derives, meaning hero or brave.

The church and its bells

Halchiu is a village with neat and linear streets, stone houses, in the middle of which stands the fortified church with two interior spaces and many towers. The fortification holds inside the Evangelic church built on the site of the one collapsed. The year 1136 is engraved on the old solid tower and 1434 on the big church bell. The bells are considered to be the oldest and the biggest of them has the previously mentioned engraving.
The church has a remarkable altar painted by people in the old German painting school and in the middle of it Jesus Christ stands besides the four evangelists, many saints and Moses with the Tablets of Law.


"Halchiu is a populated and good-looking village, where Romanian, Transylvanian Saxons and Hungarians live together. In the past, the occupation of the Transylvanian Saxons of Halchiu was carriage transportation because there were no railways at that time. This is why they were called "plimbaretii" (walkers) because they transported to Austria, Germany, as well as to Moldova and Tara Romaneasca. This helped them know the world and made them active, hardworking and prudent. An old saying about plimbaretii refers to them as even better than a Jew. Nowadays, the clean, tidy and welcoming villagers` households stand as proof of their abilities. The history of this place is our visiting card," said Mr. Ioan Garbacea, Mayor of Halchiu.

The Days of Halchiu

Halchiu`s greatest festival is a two-day party named the Days of Halchiu. Many events dedicated to young people are being organized during this event, and also well-preserved customs and traditions which are being recreated to present Halchiu now and then. On this occasion, the children from the local Middle School and the folk dance group "Floare de Castan" of Halchiu along with other famous folk dance groups of Brasov County offer an exceptional show. The event starts with a parade of folk costumes representing three ethnic groups: Romanians, Hungarians and Transylvanian Saxons.


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