The authorities are making the latest preparations for the Girls’ Fair at Mount Jena, which will take place from July 16-17.
In Avram Iancu’s city hall, a meeting was held between representatives of the Alba County Council, the Governor’s Institution, the police, the gendarmerie and the local administrations of the district.
In the middle of July, in the province of Alba, a folk holiday is celebrated with a tradition for hundreds of years: the “Girls’ Fair” on Mount Jena.
In the past, residents of more than 80 villages in Apuseni on the Găina Plateau gathered to change their products. The villagers who climbed the mountain took the young men with them to get to know each other, and if they loved each other, they could marry.
The fair made it possible for young people from distant regions to meet and marry in order to avoid inbreeding.
At first it was an event dedicated to the sun, but later, the great Găina plateau became the place where the people of more than 80 villages in Apuseni gathered to exchange produce.
Girls Fair on Mount Jena: Where you can park and where you can pitch your tent
Avram Iancu Mayor Sandu Heller says it will be possible to park in two special areas of the municipality. In total, nearly 200 parking spaces will be available.
At the same time, participants of the celebration will be able to stand in the mountains, in the fresh air. In order for the traffic to take place in good conditions, the flow of the road will be ensured with the help of the police.
Most of those who stay overnight in Găina sleep in tents, either in the municipality or up the mountain. Tents can be pitched on Mount Jena anywhere, on a first-come-first-served basis, as in previous years.
According to the mayor, accommodations in the area (including in neighboring municipalities) have been exhausted, but there is still the option to stay with local residents. In fact, there are not a few of those relatives who come to the area to spend the night.
“We’re expecting a very, very large number of people to come,” Sando Heller said.
Găina Mountain Girls: How is the road
The road to the mountain is under repair, but authorities say they will complete it on holiday.
As promised, we will continue maintenance work at a distance of 20 km from DJ 762 Baraj Mihoești-Vidra-Avram Iancu. Asphalt milling, shims, pivot and side markings are carried out.
Alba County Council Vice President Marius Heegan said, “The works will be completed by the Great Holiday Mt. Jena (July 16-17).
From the center of the village to the mountain is 9 kilometers, but 4 of them are paved with the city hall (the part in the city). Marius Haegan confirmed that the other five are in good condition.
Mountain Fair Girls 2022: What will the weather be like
The feast on Mount Chicken was organized each year around the feast of Saint Elijah, the bearer of rain, and was marked by the tradition of rainy weather.
But this year, according to weather forecast applications, the weather will be beautiful. On Saturday and Sunday (July 16-17), temperatures will rise to 26 degrees (low 11 degrees at night), and chances of rain will be very low.
Mountain Fair Girls 2022: Detailed Program
The event takes place on a mountainous plateau at an altitude of 1467 metres. For two days, the organizers prepared folk fairs and performances with big names in Romanian folk music, rock concerts, fireworks and outdoor parties.
July 16, 2022 – Mount Jina peak
12.00 – Culture for Culture – Fair of Traditional Craftsmen “Alba Tradițional” – 50 traditional craftsmen from Alba, Hunedoara, Cluj, Arad, Mureș, Sibiu, Vâlcea, Satu Mare, Neamț, Argeș, Gorj
13:00 – “Folk costume as a symbol of Romanian cultural identity” by Duina Ivononi, ethnologist at the National Museum of the Village “Dimitri Gusti”, Foundation under the High Patronage of Her Majesty Margherita, Will of the Roman Crown
14:00 – “Song of the Freedom Makers”, with the support of the folk ensemble of the province of Alba, conductor: Alexandru Ball, Roxana Richie, Maria Filimon, Dorina Narita, Nikolai Pluto, Floresica Muga, Nikolai Toho
Exceptional popular show
15:30 – “Traditional Dawn” – traditional craftsmen at home
“Shirt with mushrooms and aurelia mate”
“Wood Art by Avram Iancu and Nicolae Beleiu”
16:00 – “Altar of the Sun”, “Land of Moths” and “Drama of Avram Iancu”
17:30 – Band “Transylvania” and “Transylvania Junior”, an exceptional show of traditional Romanian and Balkan music
19:00 – “Traditional Dawn” – traditional craftsmen at home
“The Appeal of Tolnik and Eugenia Gavria”
“Stone slabs and pietro boba”
19:30 – “Antheia Imperialis” – choreographer Octavia Opera, rendition of ancient, modern and contemporary dances 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑜𝑙 𝑑𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑖 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒, 𝑚𝑜𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑒 𝑠̗𝑖 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑒
9:30 pm. – Exceptional concert Phoenix 2022 – the year of the 60th anniversary of the existence of Phoenix
23:00 – “Flavio without S” and outdoor disco
00:00 – fireworks
July 17 – Mount Jina peak
10:00 – Wreath laying ceremony and religious service in memory of Avram Iancu – Hero of the Romanian nation
Tulnicăresele from Avram Iancu
Alba County Marching Ensemble, conductor Coriolan Honkic
10:30 – Culture for Culture – “Traditional White” artisan fair
50 traditional craftsmen from Alba, Hunedoara, Cluj, Arad, Mori, Sibiu, Falcia, Satu Mari, Neamt, Argio and Gorge
11:00 – Culture for Culture – Mount Jena unites the Roman traditions of Alba, Bihor, Cluj, Hunedoara, Arad, Suceava, Slag and Gorge and is an extraordinary folk show
Suceava – folk ensemble “FLORI DE BUCOVINA”
Gorj – folk band “CHEILE OLTEȚULUI POLOVRAGI”
Slag – folk ensemble “Mogor, Mogoril”
Arad – Folk Band “FLORILE MUREȘULUI”
Bihor – “Datina” folk band from Eid
Hunedoara – “LELEȘANA” Jungle Dance and Song Collection by Lelese
Clu j- Folk Band “DOR TRANSILVAN” by Ratuk Cluj-Napoca
ALBA – folk band “TRADITIII UIORENE” Ocna Mureș
The Girls’ Fair on Mount Jena is organized on the nearest Sunday, July 20, Saint Elijah’s Day.
The oldest documentary mention was in 1816.
Preparations were made a few days in advance, and on Sunday morning they climbed the mountain in the meadow where the exhibition was held.
The project is being implemented by the Cultural Center “Augustin Bena” of the Alba County Council, in partnership with the Avram Iancu Municipal Mayor’s Office and with the support of Hunedoara County Council.
Eid traditions on Mount Jina
At the end of the 19th century, villagers were climbing the plateau of Mount Jena in the evening. Early in the morning, two moţi delegates and two criseni drew a line between the two camps, so that the moţi placed their snacks on the east side and the criseni on the west.
It is said that the arrogant who hoped to find a husband brought the dowry ready to sit on the horses, and the priests celebrated weddings there on Mount Jena.
The party was accompanied by songs and games with “cries”, and the girls “took”, did not buy. The girls have been preparing for the big day on the mountain for years.
Each family, having a daughter to marry, set up a tent on the mountain, in which he takes his dowry and waits for the suitors. The boys didn’t let themselves down, either.
They gathered with their families and brought what was best, especially a beautiful belt full of silver and gold. And after they had chosen their bride, a “pledge” in front of the audience followed, which was an exchange of naps called “beliefs”.
After the assignment, lunch was served, and then the choir was heated over the gallery, made up of moţi and criseni, who took up all manner of spelling. From these jokes, quarrels often arise that turn into fights or, as they said, into “unruly”.
However, at sunset, all is well and beautiful. People started leaving laughing and joking. Krishan was faster and more angry that he could not sell his utensils, and began to break them with a stick.
On the other hand, the old man wanted the pots he had bought to come home faster, and he was raising them up the hill.
The meaning of the name Chicken Mountain
Two legends tell the story of the mountain fires around the summit of Găina. One of them says that the inhabitants of the municipality of Vedra de Sus, located at the foot of the mountain, were working in gold baths in the mountains of Bihar.
Here, they kept seeing golden chickens coming out of the baths and hatching their eggs in a nest up the mountain. Several times they tried to catch her, but the hen, frightened, ran away with all the gold in the depths.
It is said that since then people did not find gold in that area and stopped prospecting for it. The mountain took the name Găina and separated, as a natural limit, the lands of the Moţi from the lands of the Crisians.
Another legend tells of a beautiful and very rich fairy who had a hen who made golden eggs. Once a year, the fairy gives such an egg to a poor and good girl, so that she, too, gets dowries for her marriage.
For a long time, people lived in harmony with the fairy, because they asked her for advice and help when they needed it.
But one day, five boys from the municipality of Phaedra, disguised as girls, crept into the fairy’s shelter, and found out where the hen grabbed the golden eggs and stole them, including the basket full of eggs.
But in their swift journey, the one who had taken the basket to escape, and the eggs arrived at the turbulent waters of the Arish River, which still had a deep golden luster.
Frightened, the boys hid the hen in the mountains of Ibroud (they are still famous for their gold wealth).
Since then, Arish carries gold crumbs in her sand. For hundreds of years, local people have been extracting gold from Arish with the help of primitive tools. Unfortunately, gold is not currently mined in the Aries basin.
Every year, on the nearest Sunday in July (Saint Elijah), thousands of motorists and tourists climb the plateau of the mountain to participate in the “Girls’ Fair”.
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