16-17 July | Girls’ Fair on Mount Jena: The largest and most popular holiday for Romanians that Romanians have held for hundreds of years in the province of Alba

16-17 July | Girls’ Fair on Mount Jena: The largest and most popular holiday for Romanians that Romanians have held for hundreds of years in the province of Alba

The Girls’ Fair, the largest and most popular holiday in Romania, will take place between 16-17 July 2022 and will include a diverse cultural and artistic program with folklore and light music concerts, open-air concerts, ethnographic film screenings and an exhibition of folk craftsmen. One of the oldest traditional feasts dating back hundreds of years, the Girls Fair on Mount Jena is organized annually on the Sunday closest to Saint Elijah’s Day (July 20).

After being interrupted during the pandemic, the Girls’ Fair on Mount Găina will resume this weekend in Alba County, in partnership with the Alba County Council “Augustin Bena” Culture Center, Avram Iancu City Hall, with support from Hunedoara County Council. The ethno-cultural event will begin, at noon, Saturday, with the fair of folk crafts “Traditional Traders”, which brings together 50 traditional craftsmen from Alba, Hunedoara, Cluj, Arad, Morey, Sibiu, Falcia, Satu Mare, Niamey, Argio, Gerge.

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At 14:00, the concert “Song of the Freedom Makers” was scheduled, with the support of the folk ensemble of the province of Alba, led by Alexandru Ball. The show will be performed by Roxana Richie, Maria Philemon, Dorina Narita, Florisica Muga, Nikolai Pluto and Nikolai Toho. During the day, several ethnographic films will be broadcast: “Folk costume as a symbol of Romanian cultural identity” by Doina Avononi, ethnologist at the National Village Museum “Dmitri Gusti”, an institution under the auspices of Ms. HM Margherita, Crown Prince of Rome, “Shirt with Mushrooms and Aurelia Mate,” “Wood Art of Avram Iancu and Nikolai Bello,” “Altar of the Sun,” “Land of Moths,” “Drama of Avram Iancu,” “Call of Tolnik ”and “Stone Tablets and Pietro Popa” At 17:30, Fanfara Transilvania and Fanfara Transilvania Junior will present an exceptional show of traditional Romanian and Balkan music.
At 19:30 it is scheduled to show ancient, modern and contemporary dances with the support of “Antheia Imperialis”, orchestrated by Octavia Opera.

The evening will conclude with an exceptional concert by the Phoenix Band, 2022 is the year of the band’s 60th anniversary. Starting with the first day programme, there will also be an outdoor disco with “Flavius ​​without S” and fireworks, scheduled for midnight.

The Girls’ Fair will continue on Sunday, July 7, 2022, on top of Mount Jena, in Crucea Iancului, with a solemn ceremony and religious rites in memory of Avram Iancu – Hero of the Roman Nation. The program will be opened by the tulnicas of Avram Iancu and the Alba County Marching Band, conductor Coriolan Honcaș.

The celebration in Găina will continue with the fair of folk craftsmen, but also an exceptional show called “Mount Găina unites Romanian traditions”. Within this parade, teams from the provinces of Alba, Bihor, Cluj, Hunedoara, Arad, Suceava, Sălaj and Gorj will compete: SUCEAVA – folk band “FLORI DE BUCOVINA”, GORJ – folk band “CHEILE OLTEȚULUI POLOVRAGI” “MUGUR, MUGUREL”, ARA Folk ensemble “FLORILE MUREȘULUI”, BIHOR – Folk ensemble “DATINA” by ALED, HUNEDOARA – Forest songs and dance group “LELEȘANA” by LJESE, CL DOR TRANSILVUA “TRADITIII UIORENE” OCNA MUREȘ.

The Girls Fair on Mount Găina is literally a trademark of Romania, the event is known as the biggest popular outdoor celebration. The fair is held on top of Mount Jena, at an altitude of 1467 metres, and was first documented in 1816. The feast, every year, since ancient times, is organized on the nearest Sunday of July 20, Saint Elijah’s Day. At the fair of girls, the inhabitants of the Apuseni Mountains gathered to exchange products, but it was also an opportunity to meet and marry young men from distant regions, who came here with their parents. Preparations to climb the mountain were made a few days in advance, and on Sunday night, they climbed the mountain in the expanse where the exhibition was held. It is said that the girls came with a dowry loaded on horses, and the wedding took place immediately by the priests who took part in the event. The party was accompanied by songs and an exchange of toys with “cries”, and the girls “took”, did not buy.

Over time, according to historical accounts, important figures such as Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I participated in the exhibition of girls, during a visit to Transylvania, in 1852, the Prime Minister of Romania from the interwar period Ionel IC Brătianu, to visit him being arranged a camp of tents, or king Romania Ferdinand I, in 1924, where the “Eyang Cross” was consecrated.

Today, the girls’ fair in Găina has turned into a huge popular celebration, with the participation of the inhabitants of the Apuseni mountains, in the neighboring provinces and even in the far lands of the country. The inauguration was given by the famous tulnicărese of Avram Iancu, followed by the artistic program for the participants that lasts until the evening. Since 2006, the Girls’ Fair on Mount Găina is a registered trademark of the Alba County Council and its motto: “Come to Mount Găina, come to Mount Love!”

Reaching the plateau on Mount Jena, where the events take place, is possible by cars and minibuses with a capacity of 20 seats. On the district road DJ 762, you reach the municipality of Avram Iancu, the area closest to Mount Găina, from here the road continues on a paved road and cars can reach the plateau where the action takes place. On the mountain there is a camping area for those who want to spend two wonderful days in nature.

Girls exhibition on chicken mountains

16-17 July 2022 – Mount Jena / Alba County
16 July 2022 / Mount Jena Summit

12:00 RO Culture for the sake of culture – the traditional fair of white artisans
(50 traditional craftsmen from Alba, Hunedoara, Cluj, Arad, Mori, Sibiu, Falcia, Satu Mari, Neamt, Argio and Gorge)

It’s 13:00 “Folk costume as a symbol of Romanian cultural identity” By DOINA IȘFĂNONI, Ethnologist at the National Museum of the Village Dimitri Gusti, Foundation under the High Patronage of Her Majesty Margherita, Will of the Roman Crown
movie broadcast

14:00 “SONG FOR THE MAKERS OF FREEDOM” Powered by FOLK ENSEMBLE OF ALBA COUNTY, Band Leader: Alexandru Pal
Roxana Richie, Maria Philemon, Dorina Narita, Nikolai Pluto,
Florissica Muga and Nikolai Tohu
Extraordinary popular show

It’s 15:30 TRADITIONAL WHITE – Traditional artisans at home
“Shirt with mushrooms and aurelia mate”
“Wood Art by Avram Iancu and Nicolae Beleiu”
movie broadcast

16:00 “Altar of the Sun”, “Land of Moths” and “Drama of Avram Iancu”
movie broadcast

5:30 p.m. Vanvara Transylvania and Transylvania Junior
Exceptional display of traditional Romanian and Balkan music

19:00 ALBA TRADITIONAL – artisans and traditional artists at home
“The Appeal of Tolnik and Eugenia Gavria”
“Stone slabs and pietro boba”
movie broadcast

19:30 Anthea Imperiales – Coordinator of Octavia Opera
Ancient and modern dance show

9:30 pm. The Extraordinary Phoenix Party (2022 – the year of the 60th anniversary of Phoenix)

23:00 “Flaviu without S” and outdoor disco

00:00 fireworks

17 July 2022 / Mount Jena Summit

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

on 10:30 RO Culture for the sake of culture – the traditional fair of white artisans
(50 traditional craftsmen from Alba, Hunedoara, Cluj, Arad, Mori, Sibiu, Falcia, Satu Mari, Neamt, Argio and Gorge)

It’s 11:00 RO Culture for the sake of culture – mountains of chickens unite Romanian traditions
Alba, Bihor, Cluj, Hunedoara, Arad, Susava, Slag, Gorge
Extraordinary popular show

SUCEAVA – folk band “FLORI DE BUCOVINA”
GORJ – folk band “CHEILE OLTEȚULUI POLOVRAGI”
Slag – folk ensemble “Mogor, Mogoril”
ARAD – the popular group “FLORILE MUREȘULUI”
BIHOR – the popular group “DATINA” from ALED
HUNEDOARA – Jungle Dance and Song Collection “LELEȘANA” by LELESE
CLUJ – The popular band “Role of Transylvan” from RATUC CLUJ-NAPOCA
ALBA – popular group “TRADITIII UIORENE” OCNA MUREȘ

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