Friday, December 28, 2007

Sighet Winter Festival

Being again in my hometown (Sighetu Marmatiei) around New Year's I couldn't pass the chance of seing again the Winter popular parade (haven't seen one for 10 years or so--too much crowding and brrr.. cold).
Ever since 1968, on the 27th of December of each year, a winter carnival is held in Sighet. The heart of the carnival is the parade: hundreds of costumed and masked people from all the villages on the valleys sourrounding Sighet (and other regions of Romania as well--but less), horses and carts sing carols, utter “ur─âturi” (good wishes for the year to come) and perform traditional winter plays with Capra (The Goat), Ursul (The Bear), and Viflaimul.

(a short movie --16mb about this event)

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