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March-April 2009

Baba Dochia
The old Dochia
Noul brand turistic al judeţului Braşov
Echipă nouă la Prefectură
New Prefecture’s Team
Nouvelle équipe à la Préfecture
Nuova squadra alla Prefettura
Braşovul, oraşul lui Kronos
Town of Cronus
Ville de Chronos
Strigarea peste sat la Şinca Nouă
The Wheel on Fire
La roue en flammes
La Ruota in fiamme
Prejmer: Clătita din căruţă
The Pancakes Festival
Le Festival des Crêpes
Il Festival delle Crêpe
Balul Dragobetelui, la Zizin
Dragobete’s Ball
Le Bal de Dragobete
Il Ballo di Dragobete
Balul Mărţişorului, la Codlea
The March Amulet Ball
Le Bal du printemps
Il Ballo della primavera
Alaiul măştilor la Budila
The Masks Tail
Le Cortège des Masques
Il corteo delle maschere
Şezătoare la Dumbrăviţa
The Gathering
La Réunion
La Veglia
Predealul, pentru turiştii îndrăgostiţi
Predeal in Love
Predeal amoureux
Predeal innamorato
Păpuşile dansatoare din Vama Buzăului
Dancing Dolls
Les Poupées Danseuses
Le Bombole danzatrici
Zâna Măseluţă, la Teliu
The Tooth Fairy
La petite souris
La Fatina
Oul Pascal
The Paschal Egg
L’Oeuf Pascal
L’Uovo Pasquale
Hristos a Înviat!
The Resurrection

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The Wheel on Fire


In Şinca Nouă commune, an ancient costume resurged after being oppressed for 50 years by the communist regime. On Shrovetide, the unmarried youngster celebrate a nocturne ceremonial, a traditional costume that local Romanians, Magyars and German also use to celebrate o various occasions in this area.
„The Wheel on fire” or „The Shouting across the village” is a village’s feast organized by the youngsters to mocks the spinsters. The central element of the nocturne ceremony that takes place in between Winter and Spring is the wheel on fire.
On Shrovetide the youngsters gather to decide which girl of the village is the most beautiful or the most reach and whether she’s married or not. If the girl refuses to get married, the boy whose proposal was denied climbs the hill to throw the wheel.

The Symbol

Two symbolic and ritual elements hang together in this costume: the wheel and the fire. The wheel symbolise the cycles, the beginnings, the renewals, and a solar symbol as well. The fire represents the burning element, meaning purifying, illumination, passion, but also destruction – the punishment fire. The fire occasions various rituals meant to chase away the maleficent powers.

The Village’s Feast

The event becomes a real village’s feast, combining the mysterious tradition whit a rustic party. The boys and girls’ trail, led by the ritual dancers and the village’s elders, turn towards the inhabitant’s house chosen by youngsters to prepare the tradition wheel. The householder wraps the wheel in straws and offers everybody plum brandy. The youngsters perform traditional dances, accompanied by a rustic orchestra then climb the hill to lance the wheel on fire.

Mystical Roots

,,The wheel on fire” has mystical roots. The flames chase away the bad spirits, while people yell and make a lot of noise. The screaming, the whip cracklings and the drum beat have a purifying meaning.
The feast puts an end to the marriages period and opens the purifying path on Easter’ Eve.

The Costume's Magic

Mayor of Sinca Noua, Dumitru Flucus, attended the event, dressed in traditional clothes with a very rich design. According to the mayor, the local authorities invest a lot of money in traditional costumes that people wear at all the local festivities.


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