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October-December 2010

Clopotul din Casa Sfatului va anunţa Anul Nou
The Bell of the Council Tower will announce the New Year?s Day
Die Glocke im Rathausturm wird das Neue Jahr ankünden
A Tanácsház harangja köszönti az újévet
Festivalul Medieval ?Turnirul Cetăţilor?
The Medieval Festival ?Tournament of Citadels?
DasMittelalterfestival ?Turnier der Burgen?
Várak lovagi tornája, középkori fesztivál
Sărbătoarea Crăciunului
Christmas holiday
Das Weihnachtsfest
Karácsony ünnepe
Coregrafie specială în Ansamblul Măgura Codlea
Special Choreography for the Folk Group ?Magura Codlea?
Sonderchoreographie beim Măgura-Ensemble
Rendkívüli koreográfia a Măgura Codlea Együttesnél
Pregătirea Crăciunului la Cristian
Preparing for Christmas Day in Cristian
Weihnachtsvorbereitungen in Neustadt
Karácsonyi előkészületek Keresztényfalván
Sărbători la Dumbrăviţa
Holidays celebrated in Dumbravita
Feste in Dumbrăviţa
Ünnep Szúnyogszéken
Tragedia umanităţii
The Tragedy of Humanity
Gedenken an den Holocaust
Az emberiség tragédiája
Ceata de feciori din Ţara Făgăraşului
The Men?s Group from the region of Tara Fagarasului
Die Burschenscharen im Fogarascher Land
Legénycsapat Fogarasföldön
TransilvAero Show 2010, ediţia a III-a
The 3rd Edition of TransilvAero Show 2010
Dritte Auflage der TransilvAero Show
TransilvAero Show 2010., harmadik kiadás
Vacanţă la Moieciu
Holiday in Moieciu
Ferien in Moieciu
Üdülés Moécsen
Predealul ? o destinaţie excelentă
Predeal ? an excellent destination
Ein besonderes Reiseziel
Predeal ? egy nagyszerű úticél
Festivalul Floare de Colţ
The Edelweiss Festival
Das Festival Edelwei?
Havasi gyopár fesztivál

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The Men?s Group from the region of Tara Fagarasului



Folk events announcing the coming of Christmas ? the Nativity are organized during the winter holidays in the region of Tara Fagarasului. The winter holidays are dominated by carol singing and wishing customs performed by young people organized in groups starting from commune Sercaia. The men?s group custom may be also found in the villages of Recea, Dejani, Lisa, Berivoi, Copacel, Breaza, Ileni, Cartisoara, Carta, Harseni, Mandra and Dragus. This event attracts the local youth, but also tourists who wish to accompany the boys all along the ritual.

Organization of the Men?s Group

?The men?s groups are specific to the region of Tara Fagarasului. Each group is made up of the Big and the Little Bailiff, the Big and the Little Cashier, the Big and the Little Standard Bearer, the Big and the Little Innkeeper, the Big and the Little Cook. They are elected from among the bachelors aged between 17 and 25. The number of the members of a men?s group varies from one village to another, but it does not exceed 12 as it used to happen before. They are elected by the entire community, by open vote, in public, nearly a month before Christmas. The Big Bailiff was elected from the military service attendants and had to be an example for the others. After voting, the candidate had to touch the house?s beam three times with his back, which symbolizes his power,? said Mr. Mihai Giuritean, Manager of the Culture House of Fagaras.

Carol Singing

The men?s groups would also gather to sing carols through the village, on Christmas Eve, on December 24th, around 5 p.m. During carol singing, when dancing, they used to wear traditional holiday clothes. Their caps were adorned with flowers, sequins, pawn feathers, basil, and ribbons with the three-colors of the flag worn across the chest. The Big Bailiff would wear two crossed ribbons. Besides the usual carols, the men?s group would also sing other songs depending on the marital status of the host: carols for married people, special carols for maidens or bachelors and dances at the end of singing in those houses where girls or boys lived.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year?s Eve in the village

?On the first Christmas day, after carol singing, the entire men?s group goes to church together with the girls. On the second and the third Christmas day, a round dance is organized in the center of the village. On the fourth Christmas day the girls are invited to the men?s group?s host where a special meal is prepared. On New Year?s Eve, the young people go out and dance at 12 o?clock at midnight, in the center of the village, to ?burry? the year that has just passed. Church bells ring and people sing ?Happy New Year?s Eve!? said Mr. Cristinel Paltin, Mayor of Sercaia.


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