At Codlea, the traditions and customs are well represented in the local communitarian house’s program. The folk ensemble "Magura" of Codlea reaches this year 40 years of existence, a circumstance that will be marked with fast. Another event recently celebrated was the March Amulet Ball, organized on Shrove Sunday, March 7, also known in the traditional calendar as Saint Toader Day. According to the popular beliefs, on this day the young people of 7 to14 years become sworn brothers and they remain friends for life.
On this day, the peasants used to cut the manes and the tails of their horses; this ritualistic practice was in fact a hygienic ritual meant to keep the horses clean. However, there was also the practice to remove horses from the barn, in order to put them in motion before the spring agrarian works. Riding contests were also organized on this occasion.
Bread and Salt
The March Amulet Ball starts by welcoming the guests with the traditional bread and salt. Two pairs of dancers give the guests to taste slices of an impressive sized bread, especially prepared for the occasion. This is the seventh edition of the Ball, that brings together prestigious folk ensembles and the entire community of Codlea, regardless their ethnic appurtenance.