Celebrating Brasov

This town doesn’t have a proper celebration so the officials decided to link it to another well known event, called The Junii Feast. This is a very old tradition that goes back in time, its origins being debated upon: some say that it is a rite of passage of the young unmarried men (‘june’ in Romanian) or that it marks the only day of the year when the Romanians were allowed to enter freely the Saxon city Kronstadt (the Saxon name of Brasov). Be that as it may, it is a good opportunity of celebrating Brasov every year, on the first Sunday after Easter (Romanians call it “Duminica Tomii”).

‘Junii Brasoveni’ (The young men of Brasov)

By Alex:D

Young people from the neighborhood Schei, dressed in amazing folk costumes, take part in a horseback parade in the center of the city. Their costumes are entirely original, some being even 150 years old. As there are seven groups of young men, their belonging to different parts of Schei is symbolized through differently colored costumes and badges. The seven groups are as follows:

  1. ‘Junii Tineri’ – they are the younger unmarried men; their flag has the building of the ‘Andrei Saguna’ high school on one side and a young man riding his horse on the other side
  2. ‘Junii B?trâni’ – the older married men
  3. ‘Junii Curcani’ – the turkey young men; they have turkey feather on their hats which bear resemblance with that of Mihai Viteazul (the first ruler to unite the three Romanian provinces in 1600) who also appears on their flags
  4. ‘Junii Doroban?i’ – young soldiers
  5. ‘Junii Bra?ovecheni’ – their flag has the image of another important Romanian ruler, Alexandru Ioan Cuza (his unification of Moldova and Tara Romaneasca was the nucleus that later became Romania)
  6. ‘Junii Ro?iori’ – their hats have a red tassel
  7. ‘Junii Albiori’ – their hats have a white tassel.

What about nowadays?

By Alex:D

This holiday actually starts on the 25th of March (there is an important religious holiday on this day) and lasts eight more days after Easter, when it’s the most important moment. Around 11 a.m, the ‘juni’ start their horseback parade in the Square of the Unification in the center of Schei and heads towards the Council Square in the center of Brasov. The parade ends at the place knows as ‘Pietrele lui Solomon’ (Solomon’s rocks) where the holiday continues with traditional games and dances.

Celebrating Brasov actually means celebrating myth and tradition, in a unique and attractive manner. People of Brasov really have all the reasons to be proud of such a manifestation!

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