BRAN: Sumedru’s Fire

sumedru-fire-festival-bran-moieciu-transylvania-romania'

Focul lui Sumedru (Sumedru’s Fire) is an old tradition of the villagers in the region of Bran, Transylvania. In the recent years it has become a festival taking place in Moieciu, near Bran, just before the arrival of the cold season, on October 25 – 26.

This old tradition marks the renewal of calendar time, on the same day the orthodox calendar celebrates Saint Dumitru. Fires are set up high on the hills so they can be seen from a long distance. Villagers call for everyone to take part in the ritual, shouting “hai la Focul lui Sumedru!” (come to Sumedru’s fire!), calling out especially children. A fascinating celebration with pre-Christian origins, explained by historical presentations held during the eve

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s