The first academic historic festival of Rasnov ?In the Name of the Rose? has attracted a wide public, all social categories, all ages and also local and foreign tourists, eager to see military uniforms and weapons dating from the Dacian and Roman age and historical combat techniques. They admired the historic groups? parade and the Mayor of Rasnov town dressed up in a formal Prefect costume dating from 1870.
An inspired festival
?It was the first time such a festival was organized in Romania and, as a token of my respect, I have dressed a gala costume which belonged to a Prefect in 1870. The Festival was inspired from the old town?s name, which was the name of the rose. I consider that we have the obligation to promote multiculturalism, to respect the rights of tourists and to know the history of these regions. We invite you to travel through history, this event being also a strategy of sustainable development of the area. Rasnov is the first Romanian town to have received UE funds for a project. I am convinced that tourists will leave by wanting to visit our town again,? says Mr. Adrian Vestea, Mayor of Rasnov town, in the opening of the festival.
Mr. Nicolae Pepene, Manager of the Cultural Department of the City Hall of Rasnov, presented each historic group, the war veterans and the town?s brass band, its members being dressed in red and blue, the colours of the town.
The tourists crowded not to miss something from the show, weather it revealed folk traditions or military traditions and combat weapons in different periods of time, starting with the Dacian and Roman populations and ending with the soldiers from the Second World War. They have interactively participated in military demonstrations, drawn a bow, put Roman helmets on their heads, wanted to touch the Dacian flag and handled weapons, yataghans and spears.
The Fortress Guard
Dacians and Romans, Christian and Ottoman soldiers or Transylvanian militaries from the Middle Age (?The Crown?s Sentinel? Association of Brasov) together with mercenaries from XVII century members of the Rasnov Fortress Guard, militaries and auxiliary staff from the Romanian army during 1873-1877, 3rd Border Guard Legion, artillerymen from 1st Artillery Regiment, camp followers, charity nurses, have attracted the audience like a magnet.
Outside the fortress, the demonstrations performed by the 3rd Regiment of soldiers, ?Avram Iancu? Transylvanian volunteers from 1917-1918 (?The Ancestral Traditions? Association), members of the Czech-Slovakian group of volunteers from Russia during 1915-1918 (The Association "43 pesí pluk Brno" from the Czech Republic), weapon and cannon fusillade shots, have been a delight for the public.