Tarlungeni village is included in the metropolitan area of Brasov, lying in Barsa Valley, at the bottom of Ciucas Mountains, at ten kilometers from Brasov. If considered from the administrative-territorial point of view, the village includes Purcareni, Carpinis, Zizin and Tarlungeni. The region is attractive due to its landscape and its tourist, economic and cultural potential.
Tarlungeni village dates back in the 15th century. The name originates from the river Tarlung which crosses the Western part of the village. It is also said that the name comes from the way local houses are arranged, at a certain distance one from another, across a long piece of land called Tarla lunga (long field) which gave the name of Tarlungeni. Today, the Romanian, Hungarian and Roma communities live together in Tarlungeni and pertaining villages, each ethnic group with their own identity, customs and traditions.
?The village is attractive because of its potential represented by the mountain region with the Valley of Zizin, the Mountains of Ciucas where a ski area could be built and also the cars fair. We should also mention the Purcareni Fossil Reserve, the artificial lakes of Tarlungeni, the Fortified Church of Purcareni and the mineral waters of Zizin. Agricultural tourism and the interest in the origin and organization of sheepfolds are also being developed in this region. The Town Hall and the Local Council allot important funds to promote local customs and traditions, to support Hungarian and Roma folk dance and music groups and the Romanian and Hungarian school students who take part in cultural events,? said Mr. Kiss Iosif, Mayor of Tarlungeni village.
The Days of Tarlungeni
The Days of Tarlungeni event takes place each last Sunday of July and its purpose is to promote traditions, customs and folk dance and music groups. Among these we mention Borica Folk Group. As far as this folk group is concerned, the archaic heritage is manifested through specific dances and songs whether it is about the lads` dance or the Mask Man Dance. In terms of symbols, this dance was meant to keep away malign devils and at the same time, to make the young boys expected to perform military service, familiar with the idea of command. The Days of Tarlungeni is considered to be the biggest local holiday and lasts two days. Several cultural events are organized including folk shows, artistic performance, surprises, entertainment activities for youth and sport races. The event ends with fire works.