Events

Bihor County offers a wide range of habits, every year being organized cultural events that promote authentic traditions of the area in danger of extinction. From fairs and festivals that support traditional architecture to the craft and folk costumes festivals or the rustic celebrations, here are some of the cultural events taking place throughout the year in Bihor County:

Easter Eggs decoration and bell board rhythms at Dragoteni – in Remetea, Rieni, Dobresti, Lunca, Budureasa communes
Solar fires lighting for live and dead people – at Campani, Susti (Lunca commune), Saliste de Vascau (Cristisoru de Jos commune)
Sangiorz Holiday (Saint George) – at Vascau
“Mandru-i cantecu-n Bihor” (the Beautiful Singing of Bihor), folk music festival – at Baile Felix
Sangiorz Fair – at Beius, Bradet, Chiscau, Magura
“Zilele salcamilor in floare” (The Days of the Acacia in Bloom) – Valea lui Mihai
Vama Sarii Fair – Vadu Crisului
“La izvorul lui Horea” (At Horea’s Fountain) – Cristisoru de Jos
The Autumn on Ierului Valley – Sacuieni
Wine and fruit brandy Festival – The Museum of Crisuri County in Oradea
The festival of song, dance and folk costumes of Bihor – The Museum of Crisuri County in Oradea
The Festival of Sacred Music and Christmas and New Years Eve Traditions – Oradea, Beius, Alesd
The Fair of Folk Craftsmen of Romania – The Museum of Crisuri County or the Oradea Fortress
Folk Festival of Romany
Folk and Religious Celebration of the German Ethincs – Palota

In Bistrita-Nasaud County, the traveller can get acquainted with the customs and traditions specific to the place, and can attend cultural events remembering the events and important personalities from the past of the Romanian territory. Among the important cultural events, held throughout the year in Bistrita-Nasaud County, we can mention:

In January:

The Union Hora (Romanian circle dance) – Josenii Bargaului

In February:

Exhibition with sale of handicraft products representative for Bistrita-Nasaud County – Cultural County Centre of Bistrita
“George Cosbuc” Literary Centre – Cultural Centre of Bistrita Unions

In March:

“Ostermarkt” Easter Fair – in the old centre of Bistrita City
“Zestea Satului” Folk Music Interpretation Contest
“Blow Music” Pop Music Festival

In April:

“Marul de Aur” (the Golden Apple) National Festival of Satire and Humour – Bistrita
“Orala Satului” Unwritten Theatre -  Bistrita
“Mostenirea Mioritica” (The Pastoral Inheritance) County Pastoral Folk Festival – Ardan, Sieu Commune
Craii de la Mocod (The Mocod Princes) – Mocod

In May:

The Traditional Transylvanian Contest Festival of Folk Music from Nasaud Country – Nasaud
“Alaiul Nuntilor” (The Weddings Parade) Folk Festival – Tiha Bargaului Commune
“Laleaua Pestrita” (The Motley Tulip) Rural Folk Celebration – Sesul Orheului, Cetate Commune
Ox Adornment  – Taure, Caian

In June:

Medieval Bistrita Holidays – Bistrita City Central Square
“Masura Oilor” (Sheep Measurement) Inter-county Folk Festival of songs and pastoral customs from Ilvelor Valley – Ilva Mare
“Malaiul ciresilor” (Cherry-trees celebration) Inter-county Folk Festival – Ciresoaia, Malut

In July:

“Nunta Zamfirei” (Zamfira’s Wedding) International Folk Festival – Bistrita, Beclean
Wheat Wreath – Salva commune
Ciceu Fortress Celebration – Silvasu de Campie

In August:

“Transylvania Dracula Rock” National Rock Festival – “Mecanica” Sports Centre in Bistrita
The Day of National Costumes – Bistrita

In September:

“Pana de paun” (Peacock Feather) National Contest Festival for Romanian Song Interpretation – Bistrita and Nasaud

In October:

Religious Concert of Old Music – Greek-Catholic Church, Rodna Commune

In November:

“Bistrita Folk” Festival – Polyvalent Hall in Bistrita
The Shrove Tuesday – Prundu Bargaului

In December:

„O, ce veste minunata…” Christmas Carols Festival on Ilvele Valley –Ilva Mare Commune

Cluj County offers in its turn, a lot of possibilities to get in touch with the local traditions and customs. Here are a few of the cultural events held throughout the year in Cluj County:

“Paunul de aur” (Golden Peacock) Folk International Festival – Cluj Napoca
“Jocul fecioresc din Transilvania” (Transylvanian Lads Dancing) Festival of Men’s Folk Dance – Cluj Napoca
Folk Craftsmen Fair – Cluj Napoca
Nedeia of Baisoara
Inalnirea de pe Iada (Dating on Iada) – Huedin
Izvoru Crisului, folkloric manifestation
“Samus” The Festival of Culture and Traditions on Somes Valley – Dej
Autumn Yearly Fair – Ciucea, Negreni Village

Maramures County, one of the richest areas in terms of customs preserved till today, is a region which fascinates any traveller hungry for knowledge of the history, customs and traditions of the place. Here are some of the annual cultural events taking place in the county of Maramures:

In January:

“Verjelul”, the first dance organized after the Christmas Feast – Coruia, Sacalaseni Commune
Peasant Hora (Romanian circle dance) – Suciu de Sus
Christmas and New Years Eve according to the Julian Calendar – Sighet, Ruscova Valley, Viseu

In February:

The Snow Holidays – Borsa

In March:

“Cosercile” Dance (Hampers Dance)  – Dumbravita

In April:

Udatoriu, ancient agrarian ritual – Surdesti
Cosau Dance – Sarbi
Sanjorzul, Saint George Holiday traditions
“Spalatul fetelor” (Sprinkling the Girls) – Sugatag Village
“Zambete in prier” (Smiles in April), Contest Festival of Epigrams and Caricatures – Viseu de Sus
“Cate flori pe Iza-n sus” (Flowers on Iza), Folk Festival – Dragomiresti

In May:

„Alina-te dor, alina!” Folk Festival – Cicarlau
The Day of Baia Mare Plastic Artist – Baia Mare
“Hutul” Festival of Singing and Dancing, Ukrainian Spring Costumes – Bistra
„Tanjaua Hotenarilor” – Hoteni
„Floare mandra de pe Iza” (Beautiful Flower on Iza) – Sieu
Folk Costumes Celebration – Cupseni
Daffodils Celebration – Repedea
„Armonii de primavara” (Spring Notes) Inter-county Literature and Folklore Festival – Viseu de Sus
Cherries Celebration – Coruia

In June:

Festival of Men’s Dance – Petrova
“Nu va uitati ca-s micut” (Small but Talented) Festival – Budesti
Valenari Dance – Valeni
The Days of Somcuta Mare Town – Somcuta Mare
The Festival of Singing and Dancing of Chioar Country – Satulung
“Atelier” (Studio) The International Festival of Theatre – Baia Mare
The Days of Tautii Magheraus Town – Tautii Magheraus
Sanziene (the Fairies – Midsummer Day) Traditions– Baita de sub Codru, Tautii Magheraus, Borsa, Rona de Jos
The Days of Cicarlau Commune – Cicarlau
The Sanpetru Dance – Sindresti
The Patron of Barsana Monastery

In July:

“Dantul intre hotare” (Dancing between borders) Celebration – Copalnic Manastur
The Festival of goulash, pies and Romanian culinary art – Ocna Sugatag
The Patron of Dragomiresti Monastery – Dragomiresti
The Hey Holidays

In august:

The Cavnic Holidays  – Cavnic
The Hivers Festival – Cernesti
Prislop Hora (Romanian circle dance) –Prislop Borsa Pass
“Pentru mandra din Botiza” (For my sweetheart of Botiza) Festival – Botiza
Dancing at the shed – Ocna Sugatag
“Customs and Traditions from Tibles Valley” Festival – Grosii Tiblesului

In September:

Copalnic Manastur Commune Celebration – Copalnic Manastur
Dancing at the shed – Hoteni
Onions Fair – Asuaju de Sus
“Toamna chioreana” (Chioara Autumn) – Remetea Chioarului
Chestnuts Holyday – Baia Mare

In October:

Grapes Ball – Ocna Sugatag
Shepherd’s Holiday – Setref Pass
Grapes Festival – Recea

In November:

„Luminatiile” (The Lightening), 1st of November tradition
Dant de Lasare (Lasare Dancing) – Unguras
Mara Ensemble Holidays – Sighetu Marmatiei

In December:

„Mandra-i sara de Craciun” Christmas Carols Festival – Dragomiresti
„Veniti, crestini, la Viflaim” Winter Traditions  and Customs Festival – Viseu de Sus
Winter Traditions Festival – Targu Lapus
„Marmatia” Winter Traditions Festival – Sighetu Marmatiei
„Cu tileaga” – Petrova

Satu Mare County is not inferior either, as the cultural events organized every year attract many tourists eager to learn the secrets of traditions and local customs. Here are some of the cultural events of the year:

„Wine Valley” Folk Festival of Codru
„Sambra oilor”, Popular Holiday –Huta-Certeze village, Certeze commune
„Frontiera Poesis”  Poetry Festival – Satu Mare
ART Fine Arts Exhibition – Negresti Oas
International Festival of Fruit Brandy – Negresti Oas
„Forma, culoare, timp” (Form, colour, time) International Fine Arts Symposium – Negresti Oas
The Day of Negresti Oas Town – Negresti Oas
Festival of winter customs and traditions – Negresti Oas

Last but not least, Salaj County is another attractive destination for tourists eager to learn about the customs and tradition of the country. Some of the annual cultural events in Salaj County are:

„Maialisul” Folk Manifestation – Romanasi
Daffodils Holiday – Hida
Nedeia of Marca – Marca
Nedeia „La Gorunul lui Mihai Viteazul” (At Michael the Brave’s Common Oak)- Chiesd
„Jocurile Agrijului” (Agriju Games) Folk Festival – Buciumi
Sheep Measurement of Pria, pastoral folk celebration – Cizer
„Ecouri mesesene” (Mesesen Echoes) International Festival of Folk Dance for Women – Zalau

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